Dr. Eric Chiang

Rheumatology
Corpus Christi , TX
13 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

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

Specialties
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Rheumatology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

99 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
No, resistance train: Is better. For any weight bearing joint OA esp people with high BMI, any lb over ideal body weight puts joint in more strain/stress impact with every ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Ignore: When it hurts to move that certain area, then DON'T move it! Rest, ice, and NSAIDs as needed.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Yes: It is often related to gallbladder or pancreas issue and advise you to discuss with your PCP or GI Doctor for further eval.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Sjogren possible: But not likely with high serum protein. There is a condition called primary biliary cirrhosis that is associated with Sjogren and certain drugs used f... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Likely will go down : Within a couple weeks if just minor trauma. Otherwise, get it check out by your PCP.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Few options are: Neurologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic specialize in spine, etc.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
There are : Other medications available other than nifedipine for treatment of raynauld. I advise you to discuss with your provider, a rheumatologist, If headache... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Short answer is yes: It is a very complication question, but it has been proven that one of the environmental factors that link with lupus is infection whether is virus or... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
No, unlikely : I don't think this has any direct effect. But if your cause of injury is related to certain task that require repetitive wrist and elbow use, which ma... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Yes but the dose of : Vitamins D is low, therefore the effect is usually not very prominent.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
There are many : Environmental factors propose with link to lupus but nothing specifically related to medical background to this date.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Relative normal: I would say without further background info about you. Slightly high with wbc and only significant if you have recent infection. Kidney function Cr is... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Yes and no: Carpal tunnel typical occurs at wrist level, however that is not the only location that has "median nerve entrapment!" There are other location/condit... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
If you are looking: For "Dr House" then i don't think there is any specialist that specialize in that. I believe your best shot will be major academic center and start fr... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
The timing depend: On how long you have been on methotrexate. The timing could be 2 to 12 weeks apart depend new start vs maintainence and whether if you had side effect... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Need multiple : Different approach include medications, deep message, low impact exercise, cognitive behavior therapy, sleep quality, etc. If fibromyalgia is secondar... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
He can try : Ice, anti inflammatory with NSAIDs with ibuprofen or Aleve, (naproxen) rest and if no improvement then see a doctor.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Swelling goes away: Rather quickly, likely within a few weeks. But the nerve injury would need several month if not one to two years to recover.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
It does not sound : Like typical RA pain. Needs more info, such as pain locations, joint vs muscle involvement, or pain after remicade, (infliximab) etc. there are many d... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
It may or may not: Show and best way to verify is to bring your EKGs to your cardiologist for interpretation.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
If done correctly : And your symptom of trigger is mild to moderate stage should last at least couple months. In Severe case then it may not work or doesn't last as ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Yes, I would say : Your chance of of having lupus or Sjogren is less than 1 to 2% with those negative serology. But I would say majority (if not all) of rheumatologist w... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
You may : Want to see a psychiatrist and consider cognitive behavior therapy to desensitize your feeling toward your phobias with blood and pregnancy.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Yes : It can potentially help, but it is an adjunct therapy after you been treated with other conventional therapy such as immunomodulator medications. Ofte... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
For temporary pain : Relief Yes, but long term benefit No. Neither one should be used as sole therapy for pain control or disease management. I would highly recommend for ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Likely not serious : There is IgG4 related disease which involve IgG4, subclass of IgG, elevation. I don't think there has been known associated illness with IgG2,subclass... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Advise to get it : Chech out , without knowing anything about you, but Sjogren patients tend to have several fold higher risk to develop malignancy more specifically lym... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Methotrexate induced: Pneumonitis could be various degree from mild to severe. However, the most definitive way to diagnosed is from lung biopsy follow by blood work, chest... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
It depends on: Severity. Given your age, I would recommend conservative management with physical therapy, strengthen core muscle, medication to treat neuropathy, etc... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Need more info: With given info sounds like possible lumbar radiculopathy with pinch nerve from potential several things bulging disc facet arthritis, sciatica, etc..... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Needs a check up : Chest tightness is generally concerning and most fearful condition will be heart condition. Your age is young for a heart attack but not uncommon. You... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
No it is unlikely: Small vessel vasculitis often cause painful petechia or ecchymosis for skin most common in legs. For mouth is usually ulcer rather than enlarge vein.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Irregular menstrual : Cycle could be mild or severe. It is often hard to know without more info. It is likely better for your friend or family to discuss in detail with her... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Very and require: Immediate medical attention and treatment.
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Unlikely: But some medications that treats RA may cause the symptoms you describe. So discuss with your rheumatologist with your symptoms.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Musculoskeletal prob: I would suggest rheumatologist, sports medicine, neurologist specialize in Musculoskeletal, or orthopedic.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 years experience
Most likely benign : But still advise you to get it checked out by your PCP and with possible an X-ray.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chiang
Rheumatology 13 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
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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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