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Familial Mediterranean Fever Treatment
Hi. I want to know. What is the best treatment for familial mediterranean fever other than tacking colchicine , my brother is 24 years old , ?
Apparently not.: The treatment for this disease is mainly analgesics and nsaids like diclofenac. Colchicine, a drug mainly used in gout, decreases attack frequency in patients, and adding Anakinra to the Colchicine regimen is successful in cases resistant to Colchicine therapy alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly: Fmf does not cause death directly (like say for example cancer or coronary artery disease). Patients with fmf do have higher rates of related diseases however, such as nephrotic syndrome or amyloidosis (also subfertility and miscarriages). These other diseases can all contribute to earlier death if the fmf is not treated regularly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Subtle: Brief episodes of fever, generally beginning in childhood, with discomfort in different parts of the body (one side of the chest, the abdomen, a joint, maybe elsewhere) each time. Worse, especially if untreated, the disease often eventually causes amyloidosis, which will first ruin your life, then end it. Genetic testing clinches the diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but...: They mimic each other, since both are prone to cause serositis unexpectedly. The most important thing to know about fmf -- if you actually have it -- is to comply with your treatment even if you do not feel sick. It will make you much less likely to get amyloidosis, which is a miserable way to go. Best wishes. ...Read more
What to do if I have familial mediterranean fever and taking colchicine, 1mg. recently discovered coronary calcium builtup?
See Cardiologist: Familial Mediterranean Fever is treated effectively in most patients with colchicine. Colchicine is not involved in calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Suggest to see a Cardiologist regarding cause, importance and possible treatment. You undoubtedly have had arthritis with this and the treatment is appropriate. ...Read more
Yes: Because fmf is a relatively rare condition there are few studies of large numbers to answer this really well. Colchicine is used for symptom control in fmf. Data suggest now real difference in pregnancy outcome in treated vs untreated groups, but treatment helps with symptoms. Genetic testing for offspring is recommended. Increased infertility rates and miscarriages (~25%) with this disease. ...Read more
Off and on attacks: Signs and symptoms of familial mediterranean fever usually begin during childhood. In fact, 90 percent of all people initially diagnosed with fmf are younger than 20 years old. The signs and symptoms, which are collectively referred to as attacks, often occur with little warning. Generally, the attacks last two to three days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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