Dr. Arthur Mandelin

Rheumatology
Chicago, IL
22 years experience male

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Chicago, IL

Address

676 N. Saint Clair Street, Office 14-043, Chicago, IL
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Thursday: 820am - 500pm
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Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation

Chicago, IL

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Rheumatology

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218 Answers
103 Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Unproven: While these dietary supplements are very popular, their usefulness has not been convincingly proven.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Usually : These two forms of arthritis often damage the bone in different ways.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Unproven: While these dietary supplements are very popular, their usefulness has not been convincingly proven.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Yes: The newest one is called Benlysta (belimumab).
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
See list: In the usa, the available tnf inhibitors are Adalimumab (humira), Etanercept (enbrel), certolizumab pegol (cimzia), golimumab (simponi), and Inflixima... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Not an antibiotic: Prednisone does not fight infections.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Expected: Several forms of arthritis have this feature. As to the exact mechanism, nobody knows for certain.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Block the rays: Use ordinary sunscreen and a hat with a brim to start with. If you are very sun-sensitive, some companies make sun-blocking clothing.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Medication: Despite the common advice about diet restrictions, most gout sufferers cannot control the disease with diet alone. Several medications are available,... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Maybe: Some patients benefit from uv treatment, but this should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist.
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A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Fast: Assuming the partial word in your question is "system, " the answer is that Prednisone works very quickly, usually within a few days at most and often... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Group of tests: A "lupus panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of lupus and several other autoimmune diseases. It is importa... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Other meds: You could try alternatives to meloxicam. These come in pills, rub-on gels, and sometimes patches. A rheumatologist can help you pick the next one to... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Need more: A diagnosis of lupus requires way more testing than this.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Fight 4 your health: I am not very familiar with these meds (perhaps these are european names?) but please know that Methadone is not the solution to fibromyalgia. Work wi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Inflammatory: Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition in which the skin becomes red, irritated, and scaly. It can be itchy, or even uncomfortable. Many psoriasis s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
What do you mean: If by "remission" you mean it goes away on its own, that is very rare. If you mean can it be forced into low levels of activity with the right medica... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Why not: Unless you have a health condition that makes it dangerous for you to skip meals, going for one full day without food is not a problem. Stay hydrated... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Why the clots?: In addition to this, you might want to be evaluated to be sure that the clotting (DVT) does not have a separate cause that requires separate treatment... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Antinuclear Antibody: An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a scree... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Unlikley: These tests are not specifically designed to detect cancer.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
No Data: Nutritional supplements are outside the territory of the fda (weird because the f stands for food), and are not required to scientifically prove anyth... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. The speckled portion of the result is not very helpful on it... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Nobody Knows: Gout happens when the level of uric acid in the blood is so high that excess uric acid deposits in the joints, where it is very irritating. The old t... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Yes: This is the top dose that most doctors will use.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Nobody Knows: This is a real phenomenon, and we think it has to do with barometric pressure changes but we don't understand it fully. Moving to someplace that has ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
3 separate things: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed to look for autoimmune diseases. Crp means something somew... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Please clarify: I'm sorry but i'm confused. You got Methotrexate in the past or to try to terminate this pregnancy and you are still pregnant?
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Many Options: There are a lot of way to treat psoriasis, and a dermatologist can help you decide which one fits your lifestyle best. It should be noted that psoria... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Yes, but...: The problem with alternate medications (sometimes called "steroid-sparing" drugs) is that they tend to be slow in onset. It is very important with te... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Should recover: These things are common with hypothyroidism and should recover when the disease is treated.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Probably: Since strapping helps, a brace is likely to work. Be sure to get the brace professionally fitted so that it places forces on the knee in a similar wa... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Just a screening: An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a scree... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
DNA repair: This is a common featuer of lupus, though not all patients have it. The current best theory is that lupus patients cannot repair the minor dna damage... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Depends on the lab: Different labs have different normal ranges. This should be printed on the results report.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Be Open: When going for a second opinion regarding any issue, be open about the fact that you are seeking a second opinion and bring with you any available rec... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Antinuclear Antibody: An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a scree... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Could be: Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose because there is no good test for it, and it can appear differently in different people. Muscle cramps, sp... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Don't Bother: There is no evidence that persons who do not already have very serious problems with acid/base balance need any particular ratio of acidic to alkaline... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
None Proven: Natural treatments are generally backed by little if any evidence of effectiveness.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Yes, but...: Prednisone can make the stomach less well protected against irritants like aleve, (naproxen) so watch for new stomach symptoms.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Variable: Different people metabolize Methotrexate at different rates. Some very sensitive people notice one missed dose, and at the other extreme some can go ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
There: Myth: there is little evidence that fish oil "lubricates" painful joints. It is probably not useful.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Probably: Only an in-person examination can tell for sure, but this sounds like a nerve irritation called "sciatica.".
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. The speckled portion of the result is not very helpful on it... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Don't: This is too much Ibuprofen to take all at once.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
One possibility: Rheumatologic testing may include checking a blood test for the degree of inflammation that is present in your system. Common tests are the ESR or th... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Listen to your body: Exercise is good for people with ra. Start slow and gentle and ramp up very carefully. Listen to your body. Anyone can be sore after a workout, but... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Possibly: Cortisone (or any steroid) can interfere with hormonal forms of birth control, though this does not always happen. If you are strongly concerned, rem... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 22 years experience
Unproven: Some patients swear they feel better with such methods, and I have no reason to doubt them... But relief is usually temporary and this method will not... Read More
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Mar 26, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mandelin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Mandelin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you very much for your advice. Yes temgesic is probably just a European name but subutex, well both are buprenorphine.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for this. I've never known what caused this and thought a possible autoimmune disorder.
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Thanks, I have of in both knees and am going to physio. I try not to take so muc but it gets to the point of tears they hurt so bad

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
Graduated 2002MD

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Residency

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Awards

Thought Leader, Second Place, Chicago, IL - Winter
2013
Top Rheumatologist , First Place, Illinois - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
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