Arthritis & Rheumatism
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Arthritis is a term that refers to more than 100 different conditions that cause joint inflammation and pain. Rheumatism is an old-fashioned term for arthritis that is still used by some people. Most forms of arthritis involve inflammation. The inflammation causes stiffness and the old term for this stiffness is "rheumatism."
Arthritis occurs in all cultures, in all ages, and in both genders. Arthritis also has as many causes. Some of the more serious types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis are due to a combination of genetic as well as environmental triggers. Other types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis are caused by a combination of genetic and mechanical factors. And others such as gout are due to other factors (monosodium urate crystals).
When caused by autoimmune problems, arthritis can lead to internal organ inflammation. Therefore, the notion that it’s “just part of getting old” is wrong. Similarly, other notions such as “nothing can be done” or “it’ll just go away, or “it’s just aches and pains... nothing I can’t live with” are equally false.
Because arthritis and rheumatism have different causes, a diagnosis is ideal before recommending treatment. Unfortunately, a spot-on diagnosis is not always available and empiric therapy sometimes is started. As one might imagine, arthritis patients are bombarded by multiple claims regarding effective remedies. The downside to this is that using unproven remedies not only delays proper diagnosis and treatment but also subjects the patient to potentially harmful products.
By the same token, many of the current therapies, while effective, have many potential side-effects.
The smart approach is to seek out an expert- a board-certified rheumatologist- who also has your interest at heart. How do you do this? First, ask around. Make sure the reputation is there. Second, go to the internet and look for a doctor in your area. Third, do not base your decision on money. Penny-wise, pound foolish. A really good physician is going to be expensive. In fact there is often a direct correlation between what a specialist charges and how good they are. Fourth, find out about the experience the doctor has: How long have they been in practice? Have they published at least 50 articles? Do they do clinical research? Have they trained at a place like the National Institutes of Health? Are they considered an authority? Do they have a good bedside manner?
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