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Dr. Kathryn Riordan

Rheumatology
Lakota, IA
39 years experience

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Rheumatology

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Yes: Some less common forms of eds can be associated with intestinal rupture, blood vessel rupture, eye damage and pregnancy related complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Staph infection: Staph. Is a bacteria that lives on all of us and is not usually a problem. It is only a problem if it is resistant to antibiotics and causing an infe... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Pericardiocentesis: Pericardiocentesis is removal of fluid from the sack surrounding the heart and is quite easy. Ultrasound is usually used to localize the sack around t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Genetics & bad luck: Ra is caused by a combination of genetic predisposition & an environmental trigger. The trigger turns on the immune system and it then turns around a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Holes in bowels: The collagen that forms the intestines can be abnormal and result in spontaneous tears in the wall of the intestine, infection and death. This is rar... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Dystopia: Yes, dystopia does affect the skeletal system if it is severe enough to affect weight bearing exercise and normal movement there will be a decrease in... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
No: If a comprehensive evaluation is done the people with vascular risk can be determined. The incidence of vascular complications reflects available tes... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Rehabilitation: This is an interesting question since there is no reason that rehab is needed given in the question. If the question is about joint replacement surge... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Not always: If detailed family history, physical exam, echocardiogram all indicate eds type 3 with certainty it is not necessary.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Yes: There is always hope. Methotrexate is often used as a first therapy because it has been used for a longtime and we know it works. Unfortunately it is... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Hip pain: An old hamstring injury should not cause hip pain however it would depend on where your pain is. Pain in the deep groin referring down the inside of ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Any weight bearing exercise can aggregate symptoms if proper stretching is not done first or if shoes do not provide proper support. Symptoms are oft... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Narrowing of airways: Asthma is caused by spasm in the small airways in the lungs the wheezing is like a whistling sound that occurs when you try to push air through an are... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Possible infection: Cold sores can become infected with bacteria although they are initially caused by a virus. When that happens they are worse than usual and resistent ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Rest : The talus is the bone that transfers weight down into your foot, best chance of healing is non-weight bearing.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Herpes infection: Many cold sores are caused by a herpes virus that spreads down a nerve from the spine, they often recur at the same location. When they become severe ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
EDS types: There are 6 major types of eds, they are inherited disorders marked by loose joints, hyper elastic skin that bruises easily, easily enlarged blood ves... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Sometimes: Sicca syndrome or dry eyes and mouth are often seen with connective tissue diseases and can be made worse by some medications. Saliva helps keep our m... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Yes: There are multiple types of ehlers danlos syndrome and the different types have different genetics and problems. The most common is eds type 3, joint... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
White knuckles: The reasons for white knuckles are many. If the skin is thick or scaling it may appear white when the fingers are slightly flexed. If the knuckles a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Yes: Careful family history, physical exam, echocardiogram if indicated, skin biopsy for collagen typing, collagen gene mutation testing and lysyl hydroxyl... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
No: CRP reflects inflammation in the blood, to lower it you first need to find out what is making it go up. Causes include infection, cancer, inflammatory... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Weak quadreceps: When you were not running the quadreceps muscle got weaker and is now pulling the patella (knee cap ) towards the outside of the patelar grove, a dent... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Enlarged tissues: Nasal polyps are enlarged tissues in the back of the nose much like tonsils and adenoids. They are usually full of lymphocytes, a type of white cell ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Head pain: Make sure that you use a well fitting headset and turn it so that the microphone and earpiece change sides at least every hour. When you change the he... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
No: There are no medications or supplements studied in pregnancy because of the potential risks. A drug or supplement that has been proven safe in preganc... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
No: Weight gain can be viewed as an issue of too much fuel intake for the amount of work done. No matter what you eat you need to use more calories than y... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Why is it up?: CRP is a test that measures inflammation. It can be used to follow infection, inflammatory arthritis, and if a high sensitivity CRP is used to assess ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Combination therapy: We frequently combine medications to increase benefit in patients with inflammatory arthritis. Depending on your daughter's present Methotrexate dose... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Very high : Osteoarthritis frequently occurs at the site of old injuries, your wrist has not only a fracture but also disruption of the ligaments that provide sta... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Yes, sometimes: Methotrexate is a first line therapy for RA in the us and most other therapies are combined with Methotrexate unless it cannot be used. If inflammati... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Side effects: Without asthma a preventive inhaler that has steroids in it can give you thrush, a fungus that can invade the mouth and throat. A bronchodilator will... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Other blood proteins: The CRP is affected by a variety of inflammatory proteins in the blood, in some patients other markers of inflammation such as the esr, ferritin, ssa,... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Chelation therapy: No chelation therapy doesnot reverse atherosclerosis, chelation is supposed to bind toxins for elimination through the kidneys. Atherosclerosis is int... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Outlet syndrome: The risks depend on your overall health, surgical risk and benefit are determined by the severity of symptoms, and your health. The other question is... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
RA: Your menses are associated with changes in your fluid status and if you experience cramping it will also affect your sleep. Anything causing edema ca... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Rheumatoid arthritis: Ra may cause rapid heart rate(hr) in a variety of ways. People with RA are often anemic because of chronic inflammation, the hr increases to deliver a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Fibrofog: Be straight forward. Everyone has days when they have difficulty focusing and concentrating. People who are sleep deprived with an ill child, have a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Anakinra: No, there is no harm caused by injecting Anakinra before it warms to room temperature however the injections are more painful and absorption may be sl... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Humira (adalimumab): The body makes tnf- Alpha as one of the proteins involved in systemic inflammation. When any tnf blocker is stopped inflammation will usually increas... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Kalawalla: No, the diversity of autoimmune diseases results in variable results with both natural and synthetic therapies. Medications and supplements that can ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Collagen: The abnormality of collagen is different with the different types of eds but the key is collagen. The overlapping charters tics are tied to the tissue... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 39 years experience
Procedure length: The procedure is not specified but for joint replacement surgery the length of the surgery depends on the patient, severity of joint damage, whether t... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Riordan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Riordan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you. My surgeons say my carpal bones are well alligned. Is my chance still high? I'm a goldsmith. Can I send you scans etc. Thanks
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Thanks for your quick reply! Not many doctors know much of eds. thank you. ednf.org helps a lot
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Not My question but Good to Know

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, MD
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