Last week, Keeghan finally had his appointment with his new Rheumatologist. We've been waiting for this appointment forever since we had to cancel his last one the beginning of December due to the stomach bug. I was worried we'd have to cancel this time as well when he got Influenza and then we got a freak snow storm, but everyone was feeling mostly ok and a neighbor cleared my driveway for me (thank you, neighbor!) so we were able to make it! I was so glad because if we would have canceled, we wouldn't have been able to make it again until June.
The doctor looked over Keeghan's records, drew some blood, looked him over and diagnosed him with Palindromic Rheumatism. Yeah, I've never heard of that either. The good news is, his pediatrician was afraid that it was Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis... and this actual diagnosis is better because it hardly causes permanent joint damage which is awesome. It describes a lot of Keeghan's symptoms perfectly... it involves large joints and tissues like his hips and ankles. It can be accompanied by fever and swelling, which his are, and it comes and goes, hence the name Palindromic like a palindrome word. It can even go away for a year or so and then come back, from what I've read.
The Rheumatologist gave me a prescription for a stronger pain medication for Keeghan to use when he has an attack and we have to go back and see him in 6 months. It's good to have answers and good to know that this isn't doing any permanent damage to his joints. I have read that sometimes this CAN develop into arthritis later, but we'll deal with that when/if it happens.
Thanks for all your prayers for Keeghan!!