Dr. PHILIP WALLER

Rheumatology
Houston, TX
35 years experience male

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12553 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX
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Rheumatology

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502 Answers
296 Agrees
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Different problems: Tendons connect muscles to bones and obviously some tendons will connect to the bones of a joint such as the elbow. Tendinitis of the elbow is inflamm... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No: It is not classified as a chemotherapy drug and should not be considered one. It works through a type of cell we all have in our body called t cells. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
NO: If you have active crohns, liquid or a bland diet may only be slightly helpful. With active crohns resting the bowel or nothing by mouth may be the mo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Fairly common: Plymyalgia rheumatica is a fairly common rheumatic condition as compared to other rheumatic diseases. It occurs in 50 to 55 people per 100, 000. It is... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Multiple reasons: Since the pain is going on for a year it does not sound like a bruise or a strain since those symptoms usually resolve in days to weeks. Problems in a... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
NO: Most patients with raynauds have symptoms of the hands, feet, and rarely the nose and even more rarely the nipples. We typically do not see raynauds a... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
POSSIBLY YES: Centocor which makes Remicade (infliximab) does have an assistance program. Please see the Remicade (infliximab) website. Also, there are organization... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No: A herniated disc tends to cause localized pain or if a nerve is being compressed by a herniated disc pain can occur in an arm or leg. For example, if ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Potentially yes: Drugs that we use for autoimmune disease do have potentially liver toxicities. Drugs such as methotrexate, imuran. And Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) whic... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Man made: Prednisone is a man made drug to mimic the effects of steroids our body produce from from the adrenal glands. Prednisone is not a naturally occurring ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
UNKNOWN: The duration of blood thinners varies based on the reason for which they were started. For example, patients with an intial venous blood clot in the l... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Caution: Remicade (infliximab) has not been associated with male infertility. Also women being treated for a disease with remicade, (infliximab) it can be cont... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Possibly but rare: Tendons support bone and joints. If the tendons do not function well they could cause joints not to function well. This could occur for eample in the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No: A bone denisty should not hurt simply by the test. A patient lies on the back and legs are put in certain positions to get measurements of the hips. I... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: This is difficult to answer in 1 paragraph since lupus is so complicatied. Since i dont know all your symptoms or physical findings we have many diffe... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
More often benefits: Outweigh risks. Many times risks depend on other conditions you have such as diabetes, COPD which includes chronic infections, bad kidneys and other s... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Minimal suppression: The key to the immune system being suppressed from prednisone is typically based more on the duration of therapy. (assuming you are otherwise healthy)... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
They are safe: When patients are on immunosuppressive we strongly recommend that you stay caught up on vaccines. Both vaccines you are speaking about are non live v... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Symptoms vary: Positive anti phospholipids can be seen in patient's with no complaints. In women, they may play a role in recurrent miscarriages. They also can be as... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Possibly: Lyrica (pregabalin) has many uses and is approved for peripheral neuropathy which is nerve pain. It is also approved for fibromyalgia which has signif... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Get Evaluation: When the knee joint starts to lock/pop etc, you should be evaluated for an abnormality in the knee itself such as a meniscal tear or other structural ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Evaluation: Any abnormal mass or lesion needs to be evaluated by a gynecologist. It needs to be seen my a medical provider
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A female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
See a doctor: I am not a pediatrician but a rash that is not responding and concerns you needs to be evaluated by a medical provider. Infection from viruses or bact... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Doubtful: My concern is to make sure you didn't get some piece of glass in your ear. If you think that is possibility, please see a medical provider. There is a... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Concerning: There are many causes of headaches and double vision and most are concerning. Migraines to mini strokes could cause symptoms. Because I have limited i... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Doubtful: Co-codamol is a mixture of paracetamol and codeine is used for pain relief and should not be used to correct mood disorders. If your mood is being af... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: Wounds heal faster with Vaseline. Vaseline not only keeps wounds clean and moist but also provides a protective layer keeping the wound covered. It ke... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Local care: Superficial pheilibis which is being described can be easier to treat the deep venous thrombosis. My recs are to continue blood thinners if deemed nec... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Possible Infection: Burning would typically be associated with some form of infection. HIV would be less likely to cause burning. Herpes and other bacterial or yeast infe... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
See below: The symptoms of lupus are multiple and can't all be listed here. The more common problems include skin rashes, with the classic butterfly appearance o... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Many: Prednisone is a medication that can have many different side effects. The side effects will typically depend on how long a patient takes the medicatio... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Difficult question: Depending how bad your osteoporosis is any excessive trauma can increase you risk for fracture. My best answer is be careful.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Fairly safe: Please understand despite out different medications, there is no vure for osteoporosis. There is good treament however. The injectable medications whi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
History, physical: And labs and xrays if needed. Juvenile RA will be diagnosised in patient less then 18 years of age with most children geeting the illness at a younger... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Typically not: Severe dry eyes suggests less tear formation which could be associated with dry mouth which is a common autoimmune issue called sicca syndrome. Dry ey... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Seek help: Not knowing what the medication is or what is was taken for, you should seek emergency attention now.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
POSSIBLY: We use that test in the workup of patients with inflammatory arthritis. A positive ccp antibody which you are describing is quite suggestive of rheuma... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Dexa scan: Osteoporosis is very common in both women and men as we get older. Women tend to start losing bone earlier then men particularly at menopause. A DEXA ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Some obvious: Obviously, localized back pain would suggest problems of the back. Stiffness of the back particularly in the mornings would be a consideration. Some p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Not as severe: Circumscibed scleroderma is an area of thickened skin when felt and biopsied looks like scleroderma. It is different then two other and more serious s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Thats a long visit: First she needs to know that the disease is serious and can be deforming. But just as importantly she needs to know there are many medications to trea... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Can be: Bms typically vary from person to person and can be normal but differ completely and still be normal. There are people who go once every three days an... Read More
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A 82-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Hip Bursitis: I am not sure exactly what the term productive means on ct scan but the greater trochanter is the bone prominence you feel along the upper part of the... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
YES: Bursitis can be treated with anti-inflammatories such as advil (ibuprofen) or motrin. If those do not help, prescription drugs and injections into the... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Doubtlul: You seem to be descibing TMJ syndrome. Certainly, the jaws can be involved in diseases such as RA but most likely it is not associated with any intern... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: Calcium and vitamin d are still important in helping maintain bone density as is weight bearing exercise.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: As a rheumatologist, I use these drugs multiple times a day. They can be extremely helpful for osteoporosis and most are well tolerated.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
100 to 150 meq q day: When treating diseases such as renal tubular acidosis or kidney stones, the daily dosages are 100 to 150 meq total per day. Dosages should be taken wi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No: I do not believe there are any good placebo controlled studies that show that glucosamine relieves pain of oa.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: However, the most Methocarbamol that i prescribe would be one or two at a time. Three most likely would not be harmful one time but three pills at a t... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. WALLER is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. WALLER is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I do try to watch what I lift but will take extra note. The discomfort is in my upper right shoulder area , it is improve with treatment of osteopath but still can't full turn my head to the right. Th...Read More
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Thank you:) I was thinking it might be autoimmune related because my sed rate and c-reactive protein are slightly elevated. I run a low grade fever and my immune system doesn't seem to be functioning ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks!!! He still has pain in left pelvis and weakness in thigh muscles (cannot take full weight without walker, or so he thinks). His neuro-physician thinks it may be ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

Top Rheumatologist , First Place, Texas - Summer
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, the Houston Region - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, Second Place, the Houston Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Memorial Hermann Hospital
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