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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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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Rheumatology (Definition)

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 ...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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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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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

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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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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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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?

A type of doctor: A rheumatologist is a doctor that treats rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases are a set of illnesses that have inflammation as a common characteristic. The most common type of disease that we care for is arthritis (both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis). However, we also treat more rare diseases such as lupus, vasculitis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, and gout. ...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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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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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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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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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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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

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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