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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Rheumatology (Overview)

Rheumatology is a field of study in which a person concentrates on the causes, effects, and treatments of auto-immune disorders, in which a person's own immune system is abnormal and damaging the person's body. Diseases include rheumatoid arthritis (adult & juvenile), lupus (SLE), scleroderma, etc... A doctor of this specialty is a rheumatologist.


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Who deals with rheumatology?

Who deals with rheumatology?

Rheumatologist: Rheumatologists are doctors who study and treat autoimmune and mechanical diseases of joints, connective tissue, and muscle. Rheumatology is the study of these diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
606 Doctors shared insights

Rheumatology (Overview)

Rheumatology is a field of study in which a person concentrates on the causes, effects, and treatments of auto-immune disorders, in which a person's own immune system is abnormal and damaging the person's body. Diseases include rheumatoid arthritis (adult & juvenile), lupus (SLE), scleroderma, etc... A doctor of this specialty is a rheumatologist.


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What exactly is rheumatology?

What exactly is rheumatology?

Rheumatic Disease: The study of rheumatic diseases which include arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, soft tissue diseases, immunologic diseases, osteoporosis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, connective tissue diseases to name a few. There are over 100-150 rheumatic diseases. ...Read more

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Rheumatology (Tip)

See a rheumatology specialist, please! ...See more

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What to expect at my first rheumatology appointment?

What to expect at my first rheumatology appointment?

Medical work up: You should expect a history, physical and maybe lab tests depending on your signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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What typically happens at a rheumatology appointment?

What typically happens at a rheumatology appointment?

See details: The same thing that happens at any doctor appointment. A history, physical exam, explanation of diagnostic considerations and discussion of treatment options and what tests need to be done. ...Read more

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What does a rheumatology consultation typically involve?

What does a rheumatology consultation typically involve?

Questions: A lot of questions. Tons and tons. Very nit-picky questions. Often the same question asked in different ways. Then a detailed physical exam. After that, you may or may not have some lab work or x-rays. ...Read more

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What should I expect for my first rheumatology appointment?

What should I expect for my first rheumatology appointment?

Thorough work-up: Workup for arthritis requires taking thorough history, careful physical examination, and sophisticated laboratory and imaging workup. ...Read more

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Why rheumatology now @50 yrs? Very disabilitating very little function, yet SSI won'nt approve me, why?

Why rheumatology now @50 yrs? Very disabilitating very little function, yet SSI won'nt approve me, why?

If: If you have severe arthritis with obvious joint deformities, loss of motion and poor function but have been denied social security disability, I suggest that you obtain an attorney who specializes in appeals for this type fo denial. You can find names in the yellow pages or by contacting the local bar association. ...Read more

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What is rheumatology specialist?

What is rheumatology specialist?

Definition: A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who received further training in the diagnosis (detection) and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles, and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity.
-- American College of Rheumatology ...Read more

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What is the difference between immunology vs rheumatology?

Little!: You have essentially two specialities that cover the fields. I trained in a division of clinical immunology and rheuamtology. Most of the non-structural diseases I treat involve the immune system. Allergist/immunologists will overlap, but the major focus is allergy and asthma than rheumatic issues. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the specialties immunology and rheumatology?

What is the difference between the specialties immunology and rheumatology?

Several!: First, as a rheumatologist, I trained in two medical schools in programs called "clinical immunology and rheumatology." rheumatologists deal with autoimmune diseases. But they usually do not deal with allergies, either food or inhaled. They do not skin test. That being said, most allergist are also well trained in immunology, and their is some overlap in treating patients with immune diseases. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for rheumatology?

What is the treatment for rheumatology?

Not a disease: Rheumatology is a field of of study in medicine, not a disease. It is the study of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles, and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. ...Read more

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My ANA is 7.93 is that to high do I need to see a rheumatology's. Thank you?

My ANA is 7.93 is that to high do I need to see a rheumatology's. Thank you?

Yes: You should see a rheumatologist for your joint pains and dry eyes. Ana is a screening test so it is used in conjunction with your exam. Ana can be elevated for a variety of reasons and is not necessarily a sign of rheumatic disease. ...Read more

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Just got a blood testdone and my rheumatology serology count was 25... What does that mean?

Unclear: It is unclear what rheum test was 25---was an rheumatoid factor? . Please update and let us know. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between orthopaedic and rheumatology doctors. Which would I need for severe osteo and ddd? Caused by ooph& meds?

They overlap: Rheumatologist a are trained in internal medicine to diagnose and treat arthritis and multi system disease. Orthopedist a are surgeon trained in diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint disease. They often overlap. In this case either specialty would be fine ...Read more

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Part1: for board certified rheumatologists: do you think it is ok for doctors who do not specialize in rheumatology to advise early and newly

Part1: for board certified rheumatologists: do you think it is ok for doctors who do not specialize in rheumatology to advise early and newly

Yes: Their initial evaluation will help decide if the patient needs to see a rheumatologist. This will facilitate early referral to the rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Wat do + Anti Chromatin antibodies mean? I have + ANA, + chromatin = 5 (range 0-0.9). Many sx's but can't get a dx from rheumatology. Thanks!

Explanation: We do not have enough information for diagnosis. Lab results should be analyzed together with clinical presentation, what is absolutely absent in your question. Most likely your doctor need more tests for proper diagnosis, just wait and follow up with rheumatologist. ...Read more

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If lupus will it show up in a blood test for rheumatology?

If lupus will it show up in a blood test for rheumatology?

Yes, but....: Almost all lupus patients have anti-nuclear antibodies in their blood at significant levels, there are other blood tests, but the whole clinical picture needs to be considered before a diagnosis is made, and since no one truly knows what lupus is, some people carry the diagnosis of "borderline / questionable" lupus, and may or may not get treated. ...Read more

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I have a red painful rash that I only get during flare-ups. Should I see dermatology or rheumatology?

I have a red painful rash that I only get during flare-ups. Should I see dermatology or rheumatology?

Confused: During what flare ups? Is it red all the time and you mean flare up when it is painful? Or the rash when it appears is red and painful? How often? Blisters? ...Read more

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Have well controlled lupus. Labs most recently normal. I lost weight & now weigh 63kg. My rheumatology decreased Plaquenil dose to 300 mg. Risks?

Have well controlled lupus. Labs most recently normal. I lost weight & now weigh 63kg. My rheumatology decreased Plaquenil dose to 300 mg. Risks?

Protect kidney: The risks of developing worsening lupus is lowered by being on plaquenil. Dosage is decreased when you lose weight, that's standard practice.
Controlling your lupus with meds will decrease chance of you developing kidney issues and other problems later. ...Read more

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I was told that I either have sle or mixed connective tissue disease (i already have a rheumatology appt) I was just wondering what's the difference?

I was told that I either have sle or mixed connective tissue disease (i already have a rheumatology appt) I was just wondering what's the difference?

Overlap of signs: Sle (lupus) and mixed connective disease have overlap of some symptoms and signs. When there aren't enough diagnostic criteria to conclude lupus, but some characteristic findings of connective tissue disease, they call it mixed. Lupus has 11 possible categories of labs or physical findings according to the acr. ...Read more

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Rheumatology meds (medrol) not helping my hives from uticarial vasculitis?

Rheumatology meds (medrol) not helping my hives from uticarial vasculitis?

Need comfirmation: Need to be certain about the diagnosis and discuss with your doctor. There are other medications that can be used but you would need a complete evaluation to be certain of the cause. ...Read more

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36F. My c-reactive protein is 17.4. ANA/Ra tests negative. Same with all other rheumatology tests. Is this emergency? I'm panic. 5'3/180

36F. My c-reactive protein is 17.4. ANA/Ra tests negative. Same with all other rheumatology tests. Is this emergency? I'm panic. 5'3/180

Needs attention: It is not an emergency, but it points to an inflammatory condition that needs attention and evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more

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I was told that I have positive ANA results and that I also have protein in my urine. I was referred to see a rheumatology doctor. What does this mean?

Nonspecific: ANA stands for "anti-nuclear antibody." It's a blood test that detects a type of antibody in your blood. This test is almost always positive in patients with lupus. However, healthy patients can have positive ANA as well!

Your doc is concerned you may have lupus. However, ANA and urine protein tests are very nonspecific, and could mean many things. A rheumatologist will provide more information. ...Read more

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Can crohns lead to peptic ulcer, gastropresis, and rheumatology issues? Can't get to the bottom of my LRA pain and weightloss.

Can crohns lead to peptic ulcer, gastropresis, and rheumatology issues? Can't get to the bottom of my LRA pain and weightloss.

Crohns/ ulcer/paresi: Crohns is autoimmune disease. Will have rheumatalogic/malabsorption/other GI findings. Ulcers occur, may also have H pylori from immunosuppressives. Gastroparesis can occur, as can joint pains. Right side pain can be ileitis. Check B12, h pylori. Consider imuran, (azathioprine) anti-TNF, f/u w/doc

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC1201000/
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC1838914/ ...Read more