Lyme disease affects the patient in many different ways and it depends on which stage of the disease we’re looking at. In this second part of our five part series on Lyme Disease, Dr. Aucutt dives into the signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease.
Early symptoms with psoriatic arthritis are important. People will complain of pain and swelling in their joints – hands, feet, wrists, etc. They may have a small patch of psoriasis or have psoriasis covering many areas of the body.
In this video, Dr. Orbai with the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center discusses the signs and symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis
The two most distinguishing symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome are dry eyes and mouth. Besides being painful, having dry eyes makes it harder to perform everyday tasks, like working on a computer, and many patients have blurred vision. Dry mouth makes it very difficult to eat and causes burning of the throat. However, these are not the only symptoms. Patients with Sjögren’s often experience joint pain and stiffness, fatigue, and are more likely to develop lymphoma. In this video, Dr. Alan Baer, the Director of the Jerome L. Greene Sjögren’s Syndrome Center, discusses the symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Because patients present with Antisynthetase Syndrome very differently, a diagnosis is often hard to make. The antibodies that a patient makes is necessary to know to diagnose and treat Antisynthetase properly, so a lot of testing is involved. In this episode, Dr. Christopher Mecoli, a physician in the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology, discusses the way a patient is diagnosed with Antisynthetase Syndrome.
Patients living with Sjögren’s Syndrome can lead a normal, healthy life if they take care of themselves. Eating well, getting plenty of rest, and exercising is essential to maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle. In this video, Dr. Alan Baer, the Director of the Jerome L. Greene Sjögren’s Syndrome Center, discusses ways to reduce the symptoms of Sjögren’s.
Treatment for Antisynthetase Syndrome depends on the symptoms the patient has, but always helps to calm down an overactive nervous system. In this episode, Dr. Christopher Mecoli, a physician in the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology, discusses the treatment options for patients with Antisynthetase Syndrome.
Diagnosing polymyositis is a step by step process. The physician will start by doing a physical exam to assess their strength, followed by blood tests, an EMG, and a muscle biopsy. In this video, Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine, the Director of the Myositis Center, discusses how polymyositis is diagnosed.