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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Palindromic Rheumatism

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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Can rheumatism affect your sinuses? I have been having evening congestion that has coincided withmy RA diagnosis. If so, what is the best treatment?

This could be: This could be a number from reflux from your medications or it could be from tobacco use which can also make your rheumatoid worse and more difficult to treat. Consider stopping smoking and seeing your primary and possibly an ENT to evaluate your sinsus issues. ...Read more

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If rheumatoid is ruled out but MRI and xray are clean what would be the next step for treatment? I am getting frustrated. Pain has been constant daily

If rheumatoid is ruled out but MRI and xray are clean what would be the next step for treatment? I am getting frustrated. Pain has been constant daily

See rheumatologist: Mri and x-rays may not actually rule out rheumatoid arthritis - especially if not interpreted by an individual trained in skeletal radiology. Ra is a clinical diagnosis, so rheumatology evaluation essential. ...Read more

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How aggressive can initial therapy for rheumatoid arthritis be?

How aggressive can initial therapy for rheumatoid arthritis be?

Multiple medications: It is documented that early, agrressive therapy is indicated in RA and results in much better outcome as opposed to delaying agrressive therapy(as was done in the past). Initial therapy would include plaquenil, methotrexate, and biologic agents, i.e., enbrel, humira, etc. This approach is supported by long term clinical trials and radiographic evidence. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis: what to do when the patient doesn't respond to therapy?

Rheumatoid arthritis: what to do when the patient doesn't respond to therapy?

Many options : There are dozens of medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatologists usually start with a milder, less toxic medication like Methotrexate and add additional therapies as needed. Sometimes it takes trying 6 or more drugs until an effective regimen is found. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat rheumatism?

What can I do to treat rheumatism?

100's of types: There are over 100 diagnoses that cause "rheumatism, " an older generic term for joint aches and pain. Treatments vary with diagnosis. If you have "rheumatism, " ask your pcp or see a rheumatologist for specific dx. ...Read more

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What are alternative ways to ease rheumatism pain?

What are alternative ways to ease rheumatism pain?

Improve lifestyle: Chronic joint pain/swelling can be helped using an anti-inflammatory diet (plant based, whole grains and lean protein), drink 0.5oz/pound you weigh for joint hydration. Using supplements like omega 3 4-6 grams/day, glucosamine and curcumin are important as well. Maintain a healthy weight. Exericse with tai chi, in a heated pool. Acupuncture, reiki and meditationcan also help with pain. ...Read more

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