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Dr. Eric Chiang

Rheumatology
Corpus Christi , TX
12 years experience male

Locations

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Coastal Bend

Corpus Christi , TX

Address

2820 south padre island Dr. Suite 175, Corpus Christi , TX, United States
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Rheumatology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

99 Answers
3 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
No: They are two distinct disease but both are autoimmune related with different mechanism. But it is possible to have both coexist as overlap syndrome. Y... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Yes it could.: Also lipase 80 is really insignificant and unlikely you have pancreatitis.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Get it checked : Out asap. It is less likely to be a bone tumor but more likely related to lymph node, which could be as significant as a lymphoma. Although this is a ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Symptoms can : Be numbness, tingling with shooting or throbbing travel from wrist to first three and half fingers and palm area. It is best to confirm with a rheumat... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
It depends on what: Solution is used. If it is only lidocaine or mixture of saline and lido it can done monthly. But if there is steroid mix within, then should be much l... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Depends: Often time it is concerning when there is pain associated with nipple discharge such as infection, malignancy, normal postpartum reaction relate to br... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Needs more info: Your age and symptoms are concerned for potential connective tissue/rheumatic condition other than Gallbladder issue with elevated bilirubin, such as... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
I would get your: mother checked out right away. Serum uric acid is never really helpful. The differential diagnosis for bilateral knees pain are broad, gout, pseudogou... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Peripheral neuropath: Your description fits more with neuropathy which is essentially problem with nerve and often started with numbness, tingling and progress with burning... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
ANA are being check : With two methods currently, one with ELISA, which is cheaper and more commercially available and read by machine. The other one with IFA, which is les... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
If symptom : Has been going on for that long, I would suggest to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist if you haven't seen one yet and possible will need endoscopy ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
All this is telling : You that you have active, chronic hep C virus infection. The test does not tell you how long you have had it. It is better to check with your gastroen... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Yes and you should : See a gastroenterologist for further eval to ensure if this is related to NSAIDs vs other cause such as H Pylori.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Not commonly: I suggest you to be eval by your rheumatologist with physical exam and follow by blood to see lupus disease activity.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
No, it is : Not a very large dose, but it is the max dose for daily dose. It is still a very common dose used for patient. Therefore, you should be fine.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Not very common : It is still fairly safe. I use the medication in my patients all the time. You can possible still have flare from time to time and it may not be relat... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Musculoskeletal prob: I would suggest rheumatologist, sports medicine, neurologist specialize in Musculoskeletal, or orthopedic.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
I would suggest : To start by seeking medical help from a rheumatologist to confirm the diagnosis as step 1. Too many times, people thought they have lupus base on posi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Most likely benign : But still advise you to get it checked out by your PCP and with possible an X-ray.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Yes, you : Will be fine as long as you don't have history kidney or liver problem.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Unlikely: But some medications that treats RA may cause the symptoms you describe. So discuss with your rheumatologist with your symptoms.
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Symptoms or diagnosi: Of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)? I highly suggest you to be seen by a rheumatologist to rule out the disease itself. If you have AS then it is almost i... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Yes, possible.: Esp they were both only minimally elevated. It can be falsely elevated with few situation one been most common is acute infection and had your blood w... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Without knowing : Your Physical exam and X-ray finding, it is probably related to have knee inflammation with possible knee effusion and could cause nerve irritation or... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Short answer is No: The differential diagnosis for rash or lesions involve with hands are possible with several diagnosis. To name a few Rocky Mountain spotted fever, sph... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
I am not sure what : P.A. is. I personally do not use plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for psoriasis as it has been link with causing flare or outbreak for psoriasis. I woul... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Yes you can: And sometimes it can also be used as a combination. More study done on lupus with hydroxychloroquin than chloroquine, but it can also be used.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
You will be fine : Taking colchicine. It works totally different than ibuprofen or any other NSAIDs.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Typically will be : Between two to three muscle groups bilaterally, so between 4 to 6 injections.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Possible dental prob: Without knowing more info, It sounds most concerning for possible dental caries with potential tooth abscess with refer pain of a headache/shoulder pa... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Very and require: Immediate medical attention and treatment.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
No: It is high in vitamin C and fiber. You can safely have it if you have gout.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Unlikely related to: Methotrexate, but will recommend to discuss with your rheumatologist and likely will need evaluation for your liver, gallbladder, and possible GI tra... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Neuropathy most: Likely, which could be acute or chronic. More info on location, past medical history and how long it has been going on will be helpful.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
It is definitely : Treatable majority of the time with medicine, wrist splint, injection, or surgery. The prognosis depend on how you take care your wrist and avoid cert... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Yes but it should've: Been done at the time of your AKI. Now that your condition has reverse/improved with prednisone 3 months later, it is unlikely you will get any positi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
This could be severa: Things possible with finger "freeze up" which could be tendon issues with trigger finger, nerve entrapment with carpal tunnel, guyon canal or cubical ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
It is hard to tell : The difference between store vs salon bought hair dye products without knowing the ingredients. Certainly, there are products claim they use more natu... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Not sure, I don't : think anyone knows for sure if its okay for sure. No study has been done on those supplement with SLE. I would recommend stay simple supplement with m... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Likely not concernin: if colors are uniform. If no pain, discharge, or lesions it is likely benign. Otherwise, discuss with your OB.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
See an expert!: Since neurologist is an expert with nerve and EMG/NCS will better assist you with exploring reason why having abnormal NCS report but normal cervical ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
It varies from : Person to person. Currently there isn't a favorite NSAIDs for treating AS at this time as long as you use it at anti inflammatory dose. Therefore, for... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
It is an autoimmune : Disease, which means your immune system perceive your skin in this case foreign invader and lead to skin condition you have. The good news is It is a ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Go see a : Rheumatologist for detail discussion on medications, diet and supplement options.
A male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
I assume you are : Asking why the cortisone injection made your back worse. Most times the injection helps the first few hours with pain relief due to local anesthetic a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Depend on severity: Is it just numbness or tingling or you have significant pain or weakness with gripping and muscle atrophy? Any positive evidence of carpal tunnel with... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Both depend : On severity and most of the time does not require surgery. I would advise to be eval by rheumatologist or hand surgeon first and decide if conservativ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Topical cream is : No longer enough for your husband. He will need systemic treatment with oral medication first follow by biologic. Please consult with a dermatologist ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Methotrexate is list: As category X, which is absolute contraindicated. Needs to be off the medication minimum three months before conceiving. With all these being said, ha... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 12 years experience
Fibromyalgia has two: Major two major subsets: fatigue and widespread musculoskeletal pain. But majority of the time patient will have overlap symptoms. Other symptoms will... Read More

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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate your time but am saddened by the answer. So Diagnostic Medicine is not real..one Dr. Who knows about many specialties. I have seen countless specialists and...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Hi Dr. Chiang - Thank you. I will ask my primary care doctor to authorize a visit to a rheumatologist. He diagnosed me with AS based on an MRI, but I didn't have any oth...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the encouragement that the condition is very treatable. I've had it for about twenty years and currently use a homeopathic remedy that helps.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten
Graduated 2010MD

Residency

LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER - SHREVEPORT

Awards

Top Rheumatologist , Second Place, National - Spring
2016
Thought Leader, First Place, Corpus Christi Region - Spring
2016
Top Doctor, First Place, Corpus Christi Region - Spring
2016
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