Posts made in April 2019

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What You Need to Know about Juvenile Arthritis

When you think of arthritis, you probably imagine a senior citizen struggling to open a jar, because that is what they portray in medication commercials. Unfortunately, arthritis can occur in patients of any age – including children. Juvenile arthritis affects approximately 300,000 American children under the age of 16. The disease has different symptoms in children and generally has a much better prognosis. Here are some things you should know about juvenile arthritis:

There are Different Subsets of Juvenile Arthritis

While more subsets of juvenile arthritis are being researched, we started with three different types: polyarticular, pauciarticular, and systemic juvenile arthritis. Each of these subsets affects different joints and presents with different symptoms.

Polyarticular Juvenile Arthritis

The polyarticular subset of juvenile arthritis affects many different joints – usually the small joints of the hand in addition to other joints. This type is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in adults and is twice more likely to develop in girls than boys. Symptoms include low-grade fever, weight loss, and anemia.

Pauciarticular Juvenile Arthritis

This is the most common type of juvenile arthritis, typically affecting the knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles. This form of juvenile arthritis affects four joints or fewer and is often asymmetric in symptoms. For example, the left elbow may be affected and not the right. This type of arthritis is more common in girls.

Systemic Juvenile Arthritis

This type of juvenile arthritis is much different from other forms of the disease because it starts with generalized symptoms that affect the internal organs and other body parts. Early onset usually consists of fevers that come and go and a rash on the chest and thighs. Other symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes and spleen, inflammation of the heart and surrounding tissue, high white blood cell count, anemia, fatigue, and weight loss. This form of juvenile arthritis is rare, and in 75% of cases subsides without long-term damage.


When your child needs arthritis treatment near Jacksonville, FL, turn to the compassionate doctors at First Coast Pain. You can make an appointment today at 904.800.7246 or book online.

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Commonly Asked Questions about Medical Marijuana

At First Coast Pain, we provide both traditional and alternative treatments for pain, including medical marijuana. Here are some frequently asked questions about this treatment:

Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida?

Medical marijuana was legalized in Florida in November 2016. Voters approved the passage of an amendment to the state constitution, which allows Florida residents to obtain and use marijuana for medicinal purposes legally.

Do I have to be a Resident of Florida to Receive Medical Marijuana?

As long as you live in Florida for a minimum of 31 consecutive days each year, you can qualify for the program. People who meet this requirement are dubbed “seasonal residents” and are allowed to apply for a medical marijuana ID card.

How Do I Get My Medical Marijuana ID Card in Florida?

To get a medical marijuana ID card in Florida, you must be a Florida resident (or a seasonal resident). You must also meet the requirements of the Compassionate Use Registry. An in-person medical exam from a physician who is qualified to recommend medical cannabis is required to determine this.  If you meet those requirements, you can submit an application to the Office of Compassionate Use, which will then issue your card.

What Conditions Are Covered Under the Florida Medical Cannabis Program?

Medical marijuana is restricted to those with a debilitating illness. The list currently includes:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for HIV
  • AIDS
  • PTS
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • A Terminal Condition
  • Chronic Pain (Only if you have another qualifying condition)
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above

Where is the Closest Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinic in St. Augustine, FL?

Our physicians at First Coast Pain are qualified to recommend medical marijuana in St. Augustine, FL, to patients who have a qualifying chronic pain condition. Make an appointment with our compassionate doctors today by calling 904.800.7246 or book online.