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My rheumatologist said I have abnormal protein in my blood. He refered me to a hemotologist. My appointment is at the cancer center. Is this cancer?

My rheumatologist said I have abnormal protein in my blood. He refered me to a hemotologist. My appointment is at the cancer center. Is this cancer?

An excess of: A gamma globulin called a "spike" may be associated with a plasma cell disorder, such as myeloma or macroglobulinemia. Wait to see the hematologist, let them assess the protein and determine the need for a bone marrow exam. ...Read more

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What usually happens on your first trip to a rheumatologist?

History and PE: Many rheumatic diseases are difficult to diagnose on a first visit. Most likely, a complete history and physicial will be taken. Any old records should be reviewed. Many times further labs or xrays will be ordered based on your complaints. Initiation of treatment on a first visit again depends on symptoms and physicial findinds. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm going to see a rheumatologist , for vasculitis, what should I expect?

I'm going to see a rheumatologist , for vasculitis, what should I expect?

Bloodwork: There are many types of vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) and exactly what you have depends on the types of arteries affected, the symptoms you're having, and your approximate age and lifestyle habits. The rheumatologist will send bloodwork to confirm that there is a vasculitis and may prescribe steroids for treatment. You should, however, also see a vascular surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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What does a rheumatologist do?

What does a rheumatologist do?

Many things.: Treating arthritis in its many forms, treating soft-tissue injuries not requiring surgery, dealing with low back pain and fibromyalgia. Osteoporosis tx and prevention is dealt with. Also, their are groups of autimmune diseases including sle, sjogren's, sclerderma, polymyositis, vascultis, and others. We give chemotherapy, use infusable drugs, perform joint injections (i also do nerve blocks). ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for a rheumatologist?

Consultative fees: Vary from doctor to doctor and geographical location but count on anywhere from $140 to $400. ...Read more

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What does an exam by a rheumatologist consist of?

What does an exam by a rheumatologist consist of?

See below: On the first visit, it should be like a complete physical with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Is there a way to search for a rheumatologist in texas?

Is there a way to search for a rheumatologist in texas?

Arthritis Foundation: www.arthritis.org. The arthritis foundation has lists of rheumatologists in all major texas cities. Other avenues: ask your primary care doctor in texas, call major medical centers. ...Read more