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Dr. Stanley Alexander

Rheumatology
Arcadia, CA
63 years experience male

Locations

Office

Arcadia, CA

Address

1505 So Baldwin Ave Suite A, Arcadia CA
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About

Bio

Undergraduate at UCLA (Zoology); Med School at USC, then interned in Boston at BCH with Tufts Universtiy. Next four years spent in Rochester MN at Mayo Clinic and Graduate School. Completed MS then with thesis on electron microscopy in lupus and rheumatoid skin biopsies. Then back to private practice in Southern California specializing in rheumatology. Founding Board member of American Society of Clinical Rheumatology (ASCR) and Founding Board member of California Rheumatology Alliance (CRA). Co-Delegate (ACR) to Carrier Advisory Committee. 29 years a delegate to AMA's OMSS. Active staff and chair of numerous hospital committees - Chief of Staff in 1982 at Methodist Hospital of Southern California; currently on Medical Education Committee. Member of Rheumatology Department at LA County-USC Medical Center where on Volunteer Attending Staff - Clinical Professor since 1984. Prior President and Board Chair of Hear Center, Pasadena, CA. Member of "Top Docs" in San Gabriel Valley. Member editorial board of local newsletter- Doctors Matter. Participant in numerous drug studies and speaker's panel for Forest Lab. Speaking presentations in 30 states and 5 continents. Special interests: golf and skiing and photography. Married with two children; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Specialties
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Rheumatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

77 Answers
23 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
CO2 Narcosis: Holding your breath causes increased chest pressure which hampers return of blood to heart. Low blood in means low blood out, such as to the brain. As... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) + ibuprofen: No interaction here so the answer is the same whether taking taking ibuprofen or not - as long as liver function is good. So, one cn take 3000-4000 mg... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Viral exposure: Virus antibodies by IgG suggest prior exosure. If active disease the test will be positive by IgM. So previously you have had rubella and cytomegalovi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
HSV -1: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be type-1 (above the wist) or type -2 (below the waist). The former presents as coldsores or mouth ulcerations. The lat... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Fatigue + pregnancy: Fatigue with pregnancy is not uncommon and is due to hormone changes. But you need to be checked for iron deficiency and anemia, vit d or folate (foli... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Tendonitis Rx: Protection is #1. Most soft tissue problems will clear with rest. Sometimes we recommend a splint. Tendons have low blood supply so it takes time: 2-3... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Fx healing 6 weeks: Fractures will heal in about 6 weeks, if stabilized. Where there is motion, one could develop an non-union site with a possible pseudojoint. Ribs are ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
MENSTRUAL TENSION: PERIODS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BUILD UP OF HORMONES, ESPECAILLY PROGESTERONE. THIS CAN CAUSE PELVIC CONGESTION SYNDROME WITH PELVIC PAIN, MIGRAINE AND ME... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Gluteal lump: My best gress is that this is herpes simplex. It usually last a few weeks then clears but may leave a pigmented scar. It does recur however and can be... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Iron deficiency Rx: Iron can be replaced by mouth, by injection or by intravenous iron administration. The latter is the quickest. You should take along with Folic Acid a... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Bronchitis: You have bronchitis. Need to know if there is tightness in the chest or wheezing (asthmatic bronchitis). You do not require antibiotics unless purulen... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Vaginal lump.: You need to have this checked. It can be a cyst or a swollen oil gland or it could be herpes. Even a cancer could be a consideration. Best specialist ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Atrial Tachycardia: Rapid irregular heart beating suggests atrial fibrillation (AF). This carries a risk of blood clots. If sudden onset and regualr beating it suggests P... Read More
A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Gabapentin withdrawn: No reason you can't withdraw gabapentin (Neurontuin). Side effects are constipation and edema; that might improve. Mostly is likelihood of return of s... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Hemorroid is like a varicose vein in the leg. They get latger with being up on feet or straining, but don't go away. If it bleeds, get your butt up in... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
While cheking for a lump as noted, see if the breast tissue is movable (pliable). If suspicious, you may need an ultra-sound. Confirm any abnormailty... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Post COVID, (Long COVID) symptoms include 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,' We see this after HHV-6, EBV, CMV, Lyme Disease etc. If labs rule out low throid... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Abnormal reflexes: An EMG measures muscles; reflexes measure nerve activity. Hypothyroidisnm can cause slowed reflexes. Nerve damage at age 20, due to a disease of nerve... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Chronic Recurrant EB: EBV can reactivate with chemo, but in nature its more controversial because tests do not help us much. In a study in nature (Lake Tahoe area) many poe... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
iMAGING RESULTS ARE INERESTING, BUT PATTERN OF SYMPTOMS IS NEEDED. IF NO PAIN, NO INTERVESTIONS EXCEPT CORE STRENGTHENING EXERCISES. THE LEVOSCOLIOSIS... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Causes of Fatigue: The list of causes of weakness and fatigue is extensive: viral infections, metabolic disorders (low thyroid), drugs, depression, boredom, chronic fati... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Isometrics for FX: Avoid motions. Keep the fractured area well splinted. Can do isometric muscle contractions as long as it does not produced prolonged pain afterwords (... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Neuropathy in MGUS: Periphral neuropathy is common in gammopathies. If just sensory (numbness/tingling) we follow it or treat symptoms. If there is motor involvement (mus... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Lots of changes for 41 yeaars old - probably some genetics working here (disk disease runs in families). You need to work om core exercises and postur... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
ANTI-THYROID AB: THYROID PEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES (anit-TPO) IS FOUND IS THYROID DISEASE, ESPECIALLY THOSE COAUSED BY AUTO-IMMUNE (IMMUNE TO YOURSELF) DISEASE. LEVELS OF ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
MTX lung disease: Lung disease from MTX occurs in about 1% of patients - more with pre-existing lung problems. There is an acute hypersensitivity pneumonia, which may r... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Cold sensitivity: On the first question yes - nerves can effect the whole body, but your descripation does not seem to fill that bill. Tightening around the head with c... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernia comes with incompetant valve at the top of stomach. Yes, can relate to mechanical problems (scoliosis.) Recommend small frequent meals, ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Check the knees: if warm or if you feel crepitus (crunching) under the knee cap, see rheumatologist or orthopedist. Can do straight leg strengthing ex... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Trigeminal Neuralgia: Description sounds like trigeminal nerualgia, This could be part of the TMJ. Probably benign but you may want to Google trigeminal neuralgia. I would ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Winged scapula+: Winged scapula may be due to an inhertied or acquired neuropathy. See a neurololgist for this. The tendonitis may be due to the altered anatomy and ab... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Autoimmune Disease: Henrik sjogren described patients with sicca features (dry eyes, dry mouth) and swollen lymph glands. Sjogren's can also cause pulmonary, neurologic a... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Leg neuralgia: Not all pins and neesles in the legs are due to pinched nerves in the back, especially when symmetrical (both legs). Your descriptive sounds more like... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Stomach problem: Nausea means the stomach has lost its normal tone and contractibility (peristalsis). This could be direct problem with the stomach lining (gastritis a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Be careful here: If you exercise and have pain at the time of exercise, probably ok. If pain persists/worsens for more that 20-30 minutes after, you may be overdoing. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
HSV Types: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be type-1 (above the wist) or type -2 (below the waist). The former presents as coldsores or mouth ulcerations. The lat... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
HSV infections: HSV-1 means herpes simplex virus above the waist. Usually presents with cold sores or mouth ulcerations. HSV-2 means gential herpes. While active dise... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Arm pit lump: Most likely would be an inflammed sweat gland. Probably its infected. For treatment: use a topical antibiotic and do not use anti-perspirant type deod... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Tendonitis Quick Fix: Usually step #3 or 4 is corticosteroid injection into the tendon sheath. If its urgent or really painful you may want to go directly to a steroid shot... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Arthritis pains: You cannot tell if a pain is muscular vs due to arthritis without examining a patient. And even then it may require a therapeutic challenge. Some pati... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Sprains: There are muscle strains and ligament sprains. Very commonly a twisted ankle, for instance, will stretch the ligamants that keep the bones bundled tig... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Otitis ; Tripple ABX: No, i wouldn't use this in an ear, especially if there is any irritation causing any break in the skin. Use cortisporin otic or anything that can be u... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Insomnia: May need sleep study to determine the quality of sleep here. Some like Napolean never required much. Are you fatigued most of the time or exhausted? ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Ask your physcian if tou have "Hashimoto's thyroiditis." (You may need an antibody panel for this.) If you do it can be the cause of the alopecia and ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Yes, all these branches contain arterial blood. Usually the radial artery is used since the radial and ulnar come into a network as blood perfuses dow... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Knee pain; arthritis: Pain in joints can come with weather change: usually when barometer drops. Suspect it's due to fluid shifts. Rheumatologist in Denver confirmed this ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Myelitis: Cannot define the symptoms as outlined: i suspect its incorrect spelling. Pls recheck the diagnosis. Suspect you are referring to transverse myelitis.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Herpes simplex: Once the herpes lesions are dried up the chnce of passing it on is small.There is an ointment that can be used on the lips to be even safer however - ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Neck lump: Lost of questions about painful lumps in the neck. Most likely, statistically, would be a lymph node(s). In youngsters this is most likely a virus inf... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 63 years experience
Prevent tendonitis: If recurrant tendonitis, you may not be letting is heal sufficiently. Need 2-3 weeks of protection/therapy, then add a couple weeks for late healing. ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Alexander is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Alexander is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your timely reply. Appt with Hema in Aug. Dreading..
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Thank you, there's no wheezing or tightness, I guess it's to the Doctor I go! Appreciate your time! :)
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) I will call my pcp tuesday, it still hasn't gone away

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 1959MD

Awards

MS (Med) Univ of Minn
Top Rheumatologist , Third Place, California - Summer
2013
Top Rheumatologist , First Place, Los Angeles Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

LAC+USC Medical Center
Methodist hospital southern ca
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