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Parker Wilson was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with Spondylarthritis. She was having Extreme pain in her tendons, and pain so bad in knees and hips where she couldn’t move her body at all. Usually it takes 6 months in Birmingham for a new patient at Children’s, but they were so blessed to have been given an appointment that was cancelled on a day that Parker had a flare up on. The doctors sent her for testing got the results back in about 2 weeks and then brought her family back into the hospital to break the news. As of right now Parker is well managed using naproxen and tramadol. She unfortunately, like numerous children, has not truly found a medicine that makes her feel a lot better, but these medications relieve her of enough pain where she can function. When Parker was first diagnosed, she knew nothing about arthritis, but through the years has become more educated and learned to be an advocate for herself and others. If she had one piece of advice to give to children and families when they are first diagnosed, she says “I would say the journey is going to be long and hard, but you have to find what is best for you. Be completely open and honest to your doctor because the more they know the more they can help you.
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