Johns Hopkins Rheumatologist Dr. Zsuzsanna McMahan shares what Scleroderma is.
A common complication in any of the rheumatic diseases is Reynaud’s disease, and Dermatomyositis is no different. Dermatomyositis presents symptoms in many ways; however, the most common signs are skin, muscle, and lung issues. The skin usually presents a rash (like a sunburn) that doesn’t go away, there is progressive muscle weakness, and lung inflammation that causes extreme shortness of breath. In this video series, Dr. Eleni Tiniakou, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, explains the common symptoms of Dermatomyositis.
There are many herbs and supplements that have been found to be beneficial in curbing arthritis pain, however, you should always be mindful of the potential risks and side effects. In this video, Dr. Dana DiRenzo discusses the different complementary and alternative medicines that may be beneficial to a patient with psoriatic arthritis.
Sleep problems can occur in patients with psoriatic arthritis. While there are unfortunately many causes of these problems, there are also many solutions. In this video, Victoria Ruffing, RN, BC, the director of patient education at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology, discusses ways to combat sleeplessness and feel more restful throughout the day.
Osteroarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the world. It affects over 32 million adults in the United States.
Dr. Dana DiRenzo discusses risk factors for development of OA as well as general treatment strategies. Treatment options can include medications such as NSAIDs along with lifestyle adjustments including weight loss, exercise and diet changes.
The treatment options discussed are based on the 2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee, led by Sharon Kolasinski and others.
The old American College of Rheumatology criteria in the definition of what is considered to be brain lupus included headaches. Patients would be treated for these headaches as if they were part of lupus. Studies since have shown that headaches in lupus patients are not more common than in the general population.
The enzymes that indicate Dermatomyositis also indicate liver disease, which is much more common. Most doctors will perform a liver biopsy that shows everything is normal. Then, they will look at the enzymes in the muscle and see that there is a problem. In this video series, Dr. Eleni Tiniakou, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, discusses the process of diagnosing Dermatomyositis.
Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and acupuncture are some of the mind and body practices that have been found to be beneficial for those with arthritis. Always discuss with your doctor before starting these activities. In this video, Dr. Dana DiRenzo discusses the different mind and body practices that may be beneficial to a patient with psoriatic arthritis.