James & Patricia
C-869: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Danielle's health problems began at age 3. It started with a swollen finger
which required surgery to remove a suspected bacterial infection. which then
left the finger stiff. However, it didn't stop there. Later her body began
to swell. The pain was so bad in her feet and toes that she required medication.
Then she started having headaches. A neurologist diagnosed the headaches
as migraines brought on by stress from pain. He prescribed a sedative to
calm her down.
A possible diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis lead to more tests and surgery
by a world-renowned hand surgeon. Later another specialist
(Rheumatotogist)confirmed the diagnosis. Thus, at age 4 Danielle's family
was told she probably would get worse and by the age of 12 would possibly
be confined to a wheelchair.
The family was in a panic.. The patient had lost weight and was
losing more due to stomach distress caused by medication and problems with
the nervous system. Danielle had missed over 30 days of school each year
from pre-school to second grade.
Danielle's grandmother took action! Danielle was 9 years old when seen by
the staff at the Kentuckiana Children's Center. A
comprehensive evaluation was made, which included
a spinal exam and a trace mineral analysis. Findings from these and other
tests indicated a need for clinic care.
Within two months of clinic care (spinal adjustments
and nutritional supplements), her headaches stopped and her pain was gone.
She is not on medication. Danielle is 10 years old now and has a very active
life. She is an accomplished dancer, plays the piano, and is an avid swimmer.
She continues her care once a month care at The Center. Her loving grandmother
attributes Danielle's improvement and upgraded "quality of life" to the
Kentuckiana Children's Center.
Tracy Barnes, D.C., D.I.I.C.P.
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