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Dr. Arthur Mandelin

Rheumatology
Chicago, IL
20 years experience male

Locations

Office

Chicago, IL

Address

676 N. Saint Clair Street, Office 14-043, Chicago, IL
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My office hours

Thursday: 820am - 500pm
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Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation

Chicago, IL

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Rheumatology

Doctor Q&A

261 Answers
122 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Yes, but...: Prednisone can make the stomach less well protected against irritants like aleve, (naproxen) so watch for new stomach symptoms.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Yes: Good days and bad days are characteristic of lupus, and even when symptoms are controlled you might always feel that some days are better than others.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
ANA is a screen: 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
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Yes, but...: This is possible, but not common. If you have cause for concern, see your doctor!
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
No Magic Dose: Crazy as it sounds, there is no single specific dose. Your rheumatologist (you should definitely have one if you have ra) will listen to your story t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Yes: This is the top dose that most doctors will use.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Rare things are rare: Strange and rare things can get overlooked simetimes, but as they saying among doctors goes "common things are common." if you have had no relief for... Read More
A 80-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Pain for how long?: This area of the foot is prone to damage, especially in a person of your age (forgive me). If the pain is new, and especially if there was a specific... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
There: Myth: there is little evidence that fish oil "lubricates" painful joints. It is probably not useful.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
None Proven: While there may be a small number of arthritis patients who do better with diet modification, most do not find it helpful.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Slowly: Try weaning off slowly, start with fewer cups or switch to half-caff and remove the coffee a little at a time.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Should recover: These things are common with hypothyroidism and should recover when the disease is treated.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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?
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
No: Lyme disease is an infection, though an odd one. Your username and the way you spell "fiance" suggests you are the woman in the relationship. There ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Not Necessarily: Displacement of the meniscal root suggests damage, either by trauma or by prolonged "wear and tear." by the official definition, arthritis means join... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
For function: If i understand the question correctly, the answer is that this type of joint allows a large range of motion, more so than a simple "hinge.".
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
No Data: 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
None Proven: Natural treatments are generally backed by little if any evidence of effectiveness.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. About 5% of humans (1 in 20) have a positive ANA for no rea... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Stay healthy: Stay healthy overall, don't smoke (may be related to some forms of arthritis), exercise moderately ("use it or lose it"), and try to maintain a health... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Need more: A diagnosis of lupus requires way more testing than this.
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
An Anti-inflammatory: Hydrocortisone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is involved in many processes such as the metabolism of energy, fats, and proteins, an... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Unlikley: These tests are not specifically designed to detect cancer.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Ask your MD: You should never increase the dose of a medication, especially a narcotic like dilaudid, without speaking to the prescribing md. The first reason is ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Rehdyrate: It would be difficult to prove dehydration as the cause, so the simplest solution assuming you have no medical reasons for fluid restriction would be ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Maybe: Some patients benefit from uv treatment, but this should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Probably: Only an in-person examination can tell for sure, but this sounds like a nerve irritation called "sciatica.".
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 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
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Not Unusual: The jaw (temporomandibular joint, or tmj) is a place that is commonly attacked by rheumatoid arthritis. The best fix is to get better control of the ... Read More

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Mar 26, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Mandelin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 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.
HealthTap member
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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