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Understanding Arthritis Symptoms and Treatment Options

Arthritis is a general term for a health condition affecting peoples joints


(actually the exact meaning of arthritis is the irritation of joints) and covers a
wide spectrum that includes very many illnesses. However, the two most
common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Of the
two, osteoarthritis is the most common. However, rheumatoid arthritis is the
most severe form of arthritis.
As mentioned before, there are more than hundred types of arthritis and it is
critical to be aware of the arthritis symptoms that you experience.
Identification of arthritis symptoms is important for the diagnosis of the
precise type of arthritis that you are suffering from. If these symptoms are
evaluated early enough, further discomfort and damage can be prevented.
Symptoms of Arthritis
There are particular symptoms present for different kinds of arthritis. The
most common symptoms of this illness include inflammation of body joints
that is characterized by visible swelling, joint stiffness and paleness of the
skin. Additionally, the affected part is usually warm and tender to touch.
Aches and soreness of tendons that surround the affected joints can also be
present.
Muscle pain is another common symptom. This pain can affect range of
movement, making the sufferer unable to move freely. These symptoms may
hinder the patient from performing simple day-to-day tasks such as walking,
exercising, writing, etc. These symptoms can also lead to loss of appetite.
Active and inactive rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs in
stages and different symptoms may be evident at different stages of the
illness. These symptoms may be active or inactive. It is therefore vital for
one to consult a physician especially if any of these symptoms have already
persisted for more than a week. Early identification of the type of arthritis
you have is vital so as to start a suitable course of treatment.
Treatment Options for Arthritis
Once a diagnosis has been made, the patient should discuss his or her
options with a rheumatologist. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for
rheumatoid arthritis, but there are various medication options to help
manage the disease. Discussing these options with your physician will help
to figure out the treatment approach that will be most suitable for you and
your specific arthritis symptoms. In some cases, a combination of therapies
provides the best relief from joint pains associated with arthritis.

Arthritis medications are the most common arthritis treatment option


because they are normally effective in easing joint pains and other
symptoms. These medications help in minimizing the inflammation which is a
key source of the severe pain, and comprises a group of drugs known as
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Physical therapy is another
treatment option for the illness. Physical therapy basically helps in
strengthening specific muscles that support the affected joints in order to
help ease the pain. This option also helps in reduction of the joint stiffness
and to enhance the range of motion. Particularly, physical therapy can make
it easier for you to do things such as climbing stairs, walking, sitting and
standing comfortably, etc.
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Watch out for any of these symptoms because arthritis does not choose its
victims. It can affect any gender and contrary to popular assumption, the
disease is not limited to a particular age group.
Do not suffer arthritis pain alone. Get help from a certified rheumatologist.
Dr. Susan Baker is an experienced rheumatologist based in Los Angeles and
may be contacted anytime.
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Overview of Arthritis Treatment
Arthritis is one of the most common health problems that affect the bones
and the joints in the human body. It is basically an inflammation of the bones
that restricts the movement of the joints in various parts of the body.
Arthritis causes may include various reasons and aging is one of the most
common causes.
Arthritis can affect the fingers, knee joints, shoulders or even hip joints.
Sometimes, in severe cases, the pain is excruciating. Bone injury is another
major cause that creates extreme pain in the bones. Abnormal metabolism
or weird behavior of the immune system are also major causes of arthritis.
How to Treat Arthritis
Lots of research has resulted in some very good medicines for arthritis pain.
However, if we choose to bring some changes in our lifestyle, health
problems like arthritis can be taken care of. The primary thing that we need

to do is exercise. Alternative arthritis treatments focus largely on exercises


along with health supplements.
Exercises like yoga help to improve movement of the joints. Exercise also
helps to reduce weight, which is one of the common causes of joint pain.
Swimming or walking help to reduce weight drastically without disturbing the
joints much.
One of the most popular alternatives is Glucosamine. It is basically a health
supplement that improves the joint movement. Studies reveal that cartilage
repair and lubrication of joints can be well maintained by the use of
Glucosamine. There are number of Glucosamine supplements available in
the stores nearby.
Chondroitin is another very popular supplement that has lots of benefits that
help to reduce arthritis pain. However, one should be aware of potential side
effects of health supplements.
Consulting a rheumatology expert may help you to understand the real
cause of arthritis pain. Another aspect of alternative arthritis treatment is
pain management. The body takes time to adjust to pain and it is a long
process. During times when inflammation has lessened, natural medicines
that reduce pain should be taken.
There are natural herbs that help to reduce pain in the joints. Kava is an herb
found in the South Pacific and is very helpful in reducing pain. Similarly,
Jamaican Dogwood works as a very efficient pain reliever. Some Chinese
medicines have analgesic properties that reduce arthritis pain naturally.
Acupuncture is a trending therapy that may be used in alternative arthritis
treatments. It is a type of treatment where needles are used to stimulate
specific points. It clears blockages, thus allowing free flow of energy. Lots of
research is carried out in acupuncture.
Chiropractic treatment is also one of the alternative treatments for arthritis.
However, response to any treatment or therapy depends on the individuals
body. It may be helpful to write down each and every symptom of your joint
pain. This helps the doctors to identify the real cause of arthritis pain.
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Understand arthritis causes before going for a specific treatment. Try to
improve your lifestyle with healthy food and exercise. It will help you to
maintain a good weight, which is extremely important for people suffering
from arthritis.

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Different Types of Arthritis


Apart from your tendons and muscles, arthritis also damages your ligaments
and joints. Generally, shoulder arthritis causes symptoms like limited motion
range and joint pain. However, there are several types of arthritis, which
affect the shoulders. In that regard, here are a few of the distinct shoulder
arthritis forms.
1. Osteoarthritis
This is among the most common kinds of shoulder arthritis that involves a
combination of stiffness, tenderness, and joint pain. This particular type can
affect your shoulders and other joints, such as your hips, knees, and hands.
According to research, older people, especially those older than 50 years are
likely to experience osteoarthritis.
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
This is yet another form of shoulder arthritis, which is a common
autoimmune condition. It usually comes with pain in both of your shoulders
at once. Other signs and symptoms of this condition include warmth and
tenderness in your joints, fatigue, fever, weight loss, rheumatoid nodules,
particularly under the skin in your arms or shoulders, and a feeling of
stiffness in the shoulders. Rheumatoid arthritis interferes with your joint
lining and can sometimes cause joint swelling too.
3. Avascular Necrosis
This is a condition can also lead to shoulder arthritis by simply destroying
joint tissues in the shoulders. This particular type of arthritis is brought about
by blood that cannot reach the humerus bone the upper arm bone. This
condition can be caused by either bone fractures, dislocations, or both.
Drinking excess alcohol and taking steroids, especially at high doses, can
also lead to this type of shoulder problem. Its a progressive condition, which
means that it becomes more serious and severe over time.
4. Post-Traumatic Arthritis
If you are injured, you are likely to develop post traumatic arthritis. Since
most shoulder injuries are due to the instability of the shoulder, injuries like
shoulder dislocations and fractures may eventually result in this form of

arthritis. It causes fluid to build up in your shoulder joints, resulting in severe


swelling and pain.
5. Rotator Cuff-Tear Arthropathy
Your shoulder has a rotator cuff that connects its blade with the upper part of
your arm with a collection of muscles and tendons. Rotator cuff injuries are
very common and can cause a type of arthritis known as rotator cuff-tear
arthropathy. Generally, a rip in the tendons of this part of your shoulder is
what leads to this condition. Symptoms include muscle weakness and
intense pain that makes lifting anything difficult.
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What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition thats characterized by muscular or
musculoskeletal pain with localized tenderness or stiffness at particular
points on the body. This is the most common musculoskeletal condition after
osteoarthritis. Its characteristics include fatigue and widespread joint and
muscle pain, among other symptoms. It may lead to social isolation and
depression.
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition, and medical experts believe there are
many factors that are responsible for its cause. Research in the field
suggests that individuals with this condition experience external stimuli at
unusually high intensities because of neurological dysfunctions. Some
studies indicate that a number of people with the condition show clear signs
of allodynia, which is a hyperactive response to otherwise common stimuli,
while others also show clear symptoms of hyperalgesia, which is an
abnormally high pain sensitivity. The findings are quite significant in
revealing the real causes of the condition, and theyve proved also that this
disorder has a clear medical basis.
Sleep disorders are suspected to be a cause of this condition. Statistics show
that more than 95% of individuals with the disorder suffer from insomnia or

sleep apnea. Until recently, medical scientists believed sleep problems were
the result of fibromyalgia. However, it now turns out that most of the people
suffering from this condition recall having trouble sleeping long before they
experienced weakness or muscular pain. Thus, medical scientists believe this
disorder happens on the account of inappropriate sleep patterns. They say
that any person with sleeping troubles is quite prone to developing
neurological disorders.
Scientists explain that some neurotransmitters like serotonin, a substance
which is responsible for regulating the degree of pain signals which are sent
to brain, are generated during sleep, and individuals with fibromyalgia have
a deficit of hormones as a result of sleep abnormalities. Therefore, the
treatment for this condition should be aimed firstly at overcoming the
sleeping problems of patients.
Another possible cause of fibromyalgia is poor muscle oxygenation.
Scientists suggest that inappropriate muscle oxygenation is a probable
explanation for symptoms like stiffness and muscular weakness, same as the
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Even though medical scientists haven't
yet unveiled factors which prevent oxygenation of muscles, future studies
may provide medicine that answers this puzzle.
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Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases affect a lot of people living in Los Angeles, according
to a report from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
(AARDA). The disease develops when your immune system that defends your
body against diseases concludes that your cells are foreign.
Depending on the type of the disease you have, one or several different
types of body tissues may be affected. Autoimmune diseases also cause
abnormal growth of organs and changes in their function.
Types of Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases usually occur in early adulthood and middle age, and
are typically more common in females. The various types of autoimmune
diseases include the following:

System lupus erythematosus, which affects the skin, brain, kidneys,


joints, and some other organs.

Vasculitis

Multiple sclerosis

Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Sjogrens syndrome

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Inflammatory bowel disease

Autoimmune Disease Symptoms


Since there are several types of autoimmune diseases, the signs and
symptoms vary. However, the most common symptoms are fever, fatigue,
and general malaise (feeling ill). The symptoms become worse during flareups and decrease during remission.
What Causes Autoimmune Diseases?
The cause of autoimmune diseases is still not yet known. If an individual has
a family member with an autoimmune disease, one may be more susceptible
to developing the disease. There are several theories that explain what
triggers autoimmune diseases. These include:

Environmental irritants

Virus or bacteria

Chemical irritants

Drugs

Autoimmune diseases usually affect several parts of the body. The most
common organs and tissue which are affected are: red blood cells,
connective tissue, muscles, joints, and skin.

Diagnosing Autoimmune Diseases


When you have an autoimmune disease, your body produces antibodies
against some of your own tissue. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease
involves the identification of the antibodies your body is producing. The
following tests are used in diagnosing an autoimmune disease:

Antinuclear antibody test- any type of the antibody test that looks for
antinuclear antibodies that attack the nuclei of the cells in your body.

Autoantibody tests - any of the several tests which look for specific
antibodies to your affected tissues.

Erythrocyte rate of sedimentation this test indirectly measures how


much inflammation is in your body.

Complete blood count- measures the number of red and white cells in
your blood. When your immune system is actively fighting something,
these numbers vary from the original.

Treatment Options
Autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions with no cure. Treatments
involve the attempt to control the progress of the disease and reduce the
symptoms. The following includes a list of things you need to do in order to
alleviate the autoimmune symptoms:

Exercise regularly

Take vitamin supplements

Eat a healthy and balanced diet

Get plenty of rest

Limit sun exposure

Decrease stress

Medical interventions include:

Anti-inflammatory medication

Hormone replacement therapy

Immunosuppressive medication

Pain medication

Physical therapy

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic
inflammation of the joints. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that attack the
body when their immune system attacks its tissues. There is no known
particular cure for this chronic disorder. The condition is treated using a
variety of treatment methods that can help to slow the disease and damage
to the joints at the minimum level. The treatment is geared toward realizing
the lowest possible level of arthritis symptoms, to enhance the physical
function and the quality of life of a person. There are three main rheumatoid
arthritis treatment methods:
1). Medication or use of drugs
Different types of medicines are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Some of
the drugs used are mainly for reducing symptoms, while others are used to
stop or slow the root cause of the disease. Patients are given nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease the symptoms of the disease.
NSAIDs are drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and ketoprofen.
Doctors prescribe COX-2 to people who have suffered from effects of
stomach ulcers.
To slow the activity of the disease, doctors may prescribe drugs such as
corticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMRDs). The
DMARDs slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis to save the joints and
other tissues from irreversible damage. Other drugs used to slow the activity
of the disease include the biological agents which are DMARD subsets,
steroids, and JAK inhibitors.

2). Therapy
Your doctor may recommend exercises that will help the joint to become
more flexible. If so, she wll direct you to a qualified therapist for flexibility
exercises. Depending on the nature of the disease, a therapist may
recommend a change in the manner of doing daily tasks. Methods that do
not strain the joints are recommended. For instance, in cases where the
fingers are sore, a therapist will recommend picking up objects using the
forearm. In severe cases, assistive devices are used to make the work easier
and avoid straining the affected joints. For example, a kitchen knife that is
equipped with a saw handle can protect the wrist and finger joints.
3).Surgery
If medicine or physical therapy fails to prevent or slow the effects of RA, the
doctor may recommend surgery to repair the damaged joints. Surgery
restores the ability to use the joints as well as reducing pain and correcting
deformities. Rheumatoid surgery may involve repair of loose or ruptured
tendons, replacement of the whole joint, or fusing of joints.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis in Los Angeles


Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease that will make your joints immovable due to
severe pain. This will affect your quality of life. Remember you will have to
move joints when walking or carrying out different activities. For you to avoid
cases where you will be unable to carry out your daily activities, you should
consider seeking the services of a highly qualified doctor who will treat you
of the Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Baker is an expert whom you can contact in
Los Angeles. After you contact the best Los Angeles rheumatologist she will
apply the following treatments to manage your rheumatoid arthritis:
DMARDs
The doctor can start by administering drugs such as azathioprine,
leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, or methotrexate to reduce inflammation. In
arthritis, inflammation can lead to severe pain. However, the inflammation
can be reduced through prescription medicines that your doctor will
prescribe based on your individual condition.
Biologics

These drugs can help in restoring your immune system as well as fighting
inflammation. Your doctor can apply the biologics in the form of injections or
pills. They are very effective in helping to reduce pain that you may have
been suffering from. Over the counter medications may not work as well as a
prescription that your doctor can tailor to your condition, so its best to avoid
self-medication and instead listen to the advice of your doctor.
Corticosteroids
These are sometimes referred to as steroids. They are very helpful in fighting
inflammation and pain. The doctor can decide to inject the drugs directly to
the affected joints. You should always work closely with a qualified doctor
such as Dr Baker in order to avoid side effects that may arise due to use of
the steroids. The doctor will always administer them carefully to avoid cases
where you will be faced with severe side effects. The doctor can start by
administering a higher dose but with time as you heal she will have to
reduce the dosage for you to avoid severe side effects.
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not look further. Just contact Dr Baker who is an expert rheumatologist in Los
Angeles. You can also fill an online contact form at www.susanbakermd.com
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Common Questions to Ask a Rheumatologist


There are some burning questions you may be asking yourself concerning
the condition of arthritis. You should direct these questions to the right
doctor. Dr. Baker is a renowned rheumatologist LA who will answer all your
questions well. She uses different approaches to address different types of
arthritis.
If you have been faced with the risk of arthritis, then you should consider
contacting a rheumatology expert in Los Angeles. A doctor who specializes in
rheumatology will offer you useful tips that will help you to address any
worries that you may have. Sometimes you may suspect you are suffering
from arthritis, but in fact it is a different disease causing similar symptoms.
Here are some top questions for you to ask the best rheumatologist in LA:
How Many Types of Arthritis Are There?
Actually, there are many different types of arthritis. Arthritis is a condition
where the bodys immune system reacts in such a way that it attacks the

joints. This leads to pain and inflammation at the joints. Some common types
of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune mediated disease, and
psoriatic arthritis.
Can Arthritis be Cured?
Actually there is no known cure for any type of arthritis. After you contact the
doctor she will use different approaches to manage any pain that you suffer
from after the onset of arthritis. This will lead to an improved quality of life
because the doctor will help you to reduce any inflammation or pain that
may be associated with arthritis. This will, in the long run, help you to move
your joints more easily. It is advisable for you to seek the services of a
rheumatoid arthritis specialist as soon as you develop any complications in
order to prevent unnecessary suffering.
What are Some Arthritis Management Techniques?
In order to better manage arthritis and its symptoms, you should eat foods
rich in anti-inflammatory properties, such as spices. Common spices that can
help include ginger and turmeric. You should limit the amount of trans fats
which you eat. You should also avoid foods rich in high uric acid content such
as seafoods, meat, shellfish, beer, and high fructose foods among others.
Dr. Baker has helped many patients who had arthritis. In case you have been
affected by arthritis, dont hesitate to contact her. You can learn more about
arthritis by visiting www.susanbakermd.com.

What You Should Know About Osteoporosis Symptoms


Osteoporosis or porous bones is a condition that develops gradually and does
not give warning signs until a sudden impact or fall causes a fracture in the
bones. Normally, healthy bones can withstand impact from a standing
height. However, people with this condition experience fractures even from
mild impacts. Unlike most disorders that have clear tell-tale signs, there are
no early osteoporosis symptoms to warn the patient of the impending
problem.
Common Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Physicians usually refer to this condition as a silent disorder because the
only sign that is likely to warn you of it is a bone fracture. Since the bones of
people with osteoporosis have less strength, they are more likely to fracture,
even due to mild falls.

Common signs that accompany osteoporosis include:


Widows hump
This is due to compression fractures in your vertebrae or the bones in your
spine. A compression fracture is caused by weak bones cracking due to the
normal rigors of being upright. The result is a curvature of the spine known
as widows hump.
Widows hump may be the first tell-tale symptom to indicate that you have
this condition unless a physician has been taking measurements of your
bones.
Wrist or hip fracture
Fractures in the above areas are some of the common osteoporosis
symptoms that occur due to porous bones. In most instances these fractures
result from mild impact caused by tripping or hitting an object that would not
have caused such damage previously.
Stooping
Though fractures from mild impacts are the first signs of this condition, older
people can develop a tell-tale bent forward or stooping posture. This occurs
due to fractured bones in the spine which are no longer able to support the
weight of the body.
Unexplained pain and swelling
People suffering from osteoporosis usually experience swelling and pain after
impact. In some instances, you may feel pain especially in the back that is
not traceable to any specific event. This pain may be due to a vertebral
fracture and can last as long as 6 weeks.
Other osteoporosis symptoms include:

Difficulty getting up without using your arms to push yourself up

Muscle or joint pain

Height loss

Osteoporosis Management in Los Angeles

Though osteoporosis is considered a silent condition, it can be managed,


especially if caught in the early stages. To learn more about osteoporosis
symptoms, treatment options as well as prevention, consult Dr. Baker, a
renowned rheumatologist in Los Angeles. You can also visit:
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Treating Vasculitis: What You Must Know


Vasculitis is a very serious, potentially life-threatening auto-immune disease.
In people with vasculitis, the immune system attacks its own blood cells
causing inflammation. Due to the nature of the disease, it is important to get
treatment right away however there are some things patients should know
first.
Course of Treatment
Treatment for vasculitis depends on the area affected and which form the
disease has taken. Most often, steroid treatments are tried first, with
stronger treatments being used in conjunction or in lieu of steroids in more
serious cases. The length of treatment varies from patient to patient and is
dependent on several factors, including the effectiveness of the drug and
how the patients body reacts to the medication.
Drugs for Treating Vasculitis
As with all medications developed to treat autoimmune diseases, there are
some very serious side-effects patients need to consider. Because vasculitis
is caused by the patients own immune system, the patients immune
system must be suppressed, which can lead to all sorts of potential risks.
Luckily, with proper knowledge, careful adherence to doctors instructions,
and vigilance on all sides, most side-effects can be either avoided all
together or their effects greatly minimized.
Prednisone is a corticosteroid that is often the first line of treatment in
patients with vasculitis. Minor side effects include acne, weight-gain, and an
increased amount of hair. More serious risks of treatment with Prednisone
include hypertension, osteoporosis, and avascular necrosis.
Methotrexate (MTX), first developed as a chemotherapy drug to help battle
cancer, is often given to patients in order to avoid the more serious potential
harmful side-effects of cyclosphamide. A proven and effective life-saver for
patients with many kinds of vasculitis (among them: Wegeners

granulomatosis and Churg-Strauss Syndrome), MTX has a long list of sideeffects, including (but not limited to):

Pneumonitis

Leukopenia

Increased risk of developing lymphoma

Additionally, methotrexate is considered an abortifacient and should not be


taken in conjunction with trying for pregnancy. Men should wait at least three
months and women at least one full menstrual cycle after discontinuing use
of MTX before trying to have children.
Cyclosphamide (Cytotoxan) is often the last resort in the fight against
vasculitis. A drug originally developed for use in chemotherapy treatments,
its potential side-effects are not to be taken lightly. Often taken in
conjunction with steroid treatment, possible side-effects resulting from
treatment with cyclosphamide include increased risk of infection, cancer, and
life-threatening bladder hemorrhaging. Also, according to one study done of
women being treated for lupus, there was a 57% increased chance of
infertility.
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Despite the possible harmful side-effects, the risk of not treating vasculitis is
greater. If you know or suspect you or someone you know may have
vasculitis, and are living in or near the Los Angeles area, dont wait to seek
medical advice. Contact Susan Baker, MD for more details. To find out how to
contact Dr. Baker and for more information regarding vasculitis and other
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Rheumatological Conditions and Diagnoses
A rheumatic disease is a form of disease that affects joints and muscles. It is
a condition that causes joint pain. Rheumatologic conditions are
characterized by inflammation and reduced function of the connecting or
supporting body structures such as the joints, ligaments, tendons, bone and
muscle. Some forms of it, such as osteoarthritis, are as a result of wear and
tear. Other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are due to immune system
problems. A doctor who specializes in these conditions is called a
rheumatologist and can help in finding the best ways to help treat your
condition.

Common Symptoms of Rheumatic Conditions


The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for rheumatic conditions
includes the six symptoms below.

Joint pain
Joint swelling
Joint inflammation
Joint irritation
Joint deformity
Difficulty with joint movement

Types of Rheumatological Conditions


There are more than 100 rheumatic conditions. However, the most common
of these include:
1. Osteoarthritis (OA)
This form of disease damages the cartilage- the cushiony materials at the
end of the bones. As it wears down, the joints hurt and become harder to
move. It usually affects the knees, lower back, neck, hips, and fingers.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

Pain
Swelling
Warmth
Stiffness

Diagnosis - Your doctor will ask about your medical history and symptoms.
Depending on what part of the body it has affected, you will be physically
examined. You may need to get blood tests or let the doctor take a sample of
fluid from the affected joint, then make a diagnosis from the results.
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
This disease happens when the immune system attacks the patient and
causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness. It is normally not a part of the
normal aging process.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include:

Pain and swelling in multiple joints


Problems in other organs such as lungs and eye
Joint stiffness
Fatigue
Lumps called rheumatoid modules

Diagnosis - You will tell the doctor about your medical history and get a
checkup. X-rays may be needed, together with blood tests and samples of
your joint fluid.
3. Ankylosing Spondylitis
This usually starts gradually as lower back pain, involving the joints where
the spine attaches to the pelvis. It is more common in young men, especially
from the teens to age 30.
Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include:

Gradual pain in the lower back


Pain felt between shoulder blades and the neck.
Pain and stiffness in the back
Swollen glands
Dry mouth.

For an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will ask about your medical history
and physically examine you. Other tests may be required to effectively find
the solution to the ailment.
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While all rheumatological conditions differ from each other in some small but
important ways, they share some common characteristics. If you get an early
diagnosis of the disease, you and your doctor can make out a treatment plan
that will aid in preserving your mobility and reduce pain. If you suspect you
suffer from this kind of disease, do not take chances. Please contact Dr.
Baker, an expert in reactive arthritis conditions based in Los Angeles.
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Everything You Need to Know About Autoimmune Diseases


Autoimmune diseases are a collective name for various disorders caused by
the body's immune system. Usually the immune system is designed to

recognize and attack foreign bacteria and viruses which might cause your
body harm. In some cases, however, the immune system misfires and starts
attacking your own body, thus causing harm. Some of the most commonly
known autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, type 1
diabetes and Grave's disease. Auto immune diseases usually difficult to
recognize, understand and treat, which is why professional medical support
is always needed during their treatment. Below mentioned are some
important facts about autoimmune diseases.
Types of Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases come in various forms. There are about 80 types of
autoimmune diseases known to the medical community. While the most
common ones like type 1 diabetes and Grave's disease are well understood
and can be treated for, others are not that easy. Sometimes the symptoms of
such diseases simply go away suddenly, without any treatment, thus making
it hard to cure them.
Autoimmune diseases are more likely to be developed in specific genes.
Studies have suggested that while anyone can get an autoimmune disorder,
its more likely to be developed in women, especially women of Hispanic,
African-American or Native American descent. Age and family history is also
a contributing factor and women of childbearing ages are most vulnerable to
autoimmune disorders.
Certain disorders are more common, and thus are more extensively
researched.
While immunology deals with the study of the immune system in general,
certain sections are given further importance due to their common
occurrence. One of the most common studies is rheumatology, a study
devoted to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and its related diseases.
Extensive medical research in these fields have helped thousands of patients
suffering from a disease which otherwise had no possible treatment.
Autoimmune Disease Treatment
Treatment for these diseases are tailored according to the patient. Most
autoimmune diseases act differently on different people. Thus the treatment
of such diseases have to be tailored according to the patient's needs. The
symptoms of these diseases may come and go suddenly, which makes it
imperative for the patient and doctor to work out on a plan which ensures
proper medical attention at the right moment.
While not curable, autoimmune diseases can be treated to a significant
extent.

Treating autoimmune diseases involves reducing patient suffering, helping


him/her combat the symptoms and sometimes even slowing the progress of
the disease. And while it cannot be cured as of now, aggressive treatment in
certain disorders like rheumatoid arthritis have been proven very effective in
slowing the progress and helping the patient considerably.
Contact a Los Angeles Rheumatologist Today
Autoimmune diseases are a complex subject and need professional medical
attention to ensure minimal damage is dealt to the body. To know more
about it make sure to check out the other blog articles. You can also visit
www.susanbakermd.com for more information, or contact Dr. Baker herself.
Dr. Baker is one of the leading rheumatologists in Los Angeles and has
significant experience in treating rheumatoid arthritis and other related
diseases.

Types of Arthritis
In Los Angeles rheumatology, doctors and scientists work hard in order to
develop new treatments and learn why individuals suffer from conditions like
arthritis. There are different kinds of arthritis. When youre suffering from
arthritis, there are chances you have a particular condition which leads to
the kind of arthritis you have. In Los Angeles, rheumatology doctors are
working to help treat all its forms.
Common Forms of Arthritis
The most common kind of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Others include
rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, Reiters Syndrome and
pseudogout.
Psoriatic arthritis
When you have psoriasis, youre more susceptible to developing this type of
arthritis. This is a condition which includes many similar symptoms to other
forms of arthritis. Some people who experience psoriatic arthritis will have
more spinal injuries when compared to other forms. Ultimately, though, it is
less troublesome and less debilitating to the patients.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

The one main element which distinguishes this form of arthritis to others is
that normally, joints from both sides of your body are attacked, and are
facing pain. Redness, warmth, swelling and pain are its common symptoms.
Osteoarthritis
This is distinguished by breakdown of cartilage in the patients joints. Any
joint in the body may be affected by this condition. However, the common
areas include your spine, knees and hips.
Reiters Syndrome
People suffering from this form of arthritis have a unique condition in which it
does not only attack the joints in the body, but also other parts of the body
that include the skin, the urethra and the eyes.
Pseudogout
The most common areas to experience this form of arthritis are that of the
wrist and the knee. It may affect also the shoulders, the hips, the joints in
your feet and the knuckles. What makes it unique is that its going to attack
just a single joint at a time, in most cases. The problem here is abnormal
calcium pyrophosphate development.
Gout
While you might not realize it, gout is also a form of arthritis. With gout,
youll experience severe, often sudden, pain attacks in some of the joints.
Only a single joint is usually affected at a time, though the symptoms may
come and go.
Each of the conditions above is something which Los Angeles rheumatology
needs to know more about. Being aware of whats happening, and why its
happening, is significant to getting the patients the assistance they require.
Since arthritis affects millions of individuals each year and its a debilitating
condition, its important for scientists and doctors to work in order to develop
alternative cures for these conditions. Each of the forms is unique, and this
makes their job difficult.
For important information from Dr. Susan Baker, expert rheumatologist in Los
Angeles, about arthritis symptoms and when you need help with your
condition, please visit this website: www.susanbakermd.com

Rheumatic Diseases and Common Symptoms


Rheumatism is defined as any health complication characterized by pain and
inflammation in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue; for instance,
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The former affects a patient's joints
and muscles, whereas the latter occurs when a patient's immune system
attacks their own tissues thereby causing inflammation, stiffness and joint
pain.
Internal Medicine Expert in Los Angeles
If you reside in Los Angeles and have noticed any symptoms in your joints,
muscles or tissues associated with rheumatism, the best course of action to
take is to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible. A rheumatologist is
simply a specialist who focuses on the non-surgical treatment of rheumatic
diseases, especially arthritis. Common rheumatic symptoms include the
following:
Joint Pain-Joint pain is the sensation of slight discomfort, inflammation, or
stiffness in one or several joints of the body. Apart from other diseases or
conditions, this may be a surefire symptom of rheumatoid disease.
Back Pain - Back pain is the feeling of pain or discomfort in the back region.
One of the most common causes of this slight discomfort in the body is
rheumatic arthritis.
Joint Stiffness (especially in the morning) - While stiff joints are a common
symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, they can also be a sign of other health
complications. For a possible rheumatic disease, this symptom tends to
develop and become worse within a few weeks or months. And it is normally
most noticeable in the morning, easing up after an hour or two, but can also
last for whole day.
Although there are many other symptoms of rheumatic diseases (for
instance eye, lung and heart symptoms), these are the most common
symptoms whose manifestation should raise concern.
Contact an Internal Medicine Expert in Los Angeles Today
The answer is simple; getting the right rheumatic disease specialist helps to
make sure you get necessary treatments aimed to better the overall quality
of your life. In light of this, we recommend Susan A. Baker, MD. As a result of
years of experience and accomplishments in the field of rheumatology, Dr.
Baker understands the intricate and long-term needs of each patient in order
to live healthy and productive lives without being weighed down by

rheumatic conditions. She provides personalized rheumatology and internal


medicine treatment plans in Beverly Hills for common symptoms related to
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
To find out more about Dr. Baker, feel free to visit www.susanbakermd.com