What diseases does a rheumatologist diagnose?

What Conditions Does a Rheumatologist Treat?

  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Psoriatic arthritis.
  • Reactive arthritis.
  • Lupus.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
  • Gout.

What is a rheumatology test?

Blood testing The only appropriate rheumatology “screening” laboratory tests are the acute phase reactants, either the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or the C-reactive protein (CRP). These tests are almost always elevated in any inflammatory rheumatic disease.

What is Rheumatology disorder?

Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause your immune system to attack your joints, muscles, bones and organs. Rheumatic diseases are often grouped under the term “arthritis” — which is used to describe over 100 diseases and conditions.

How are rheumatic diseases diagnosed?

The doctor will review the patient’s medical history, conduct a physical examination, and obtain laboratory tests and x rays or other imaging tests. The doctor may need to see the patient more than once and possibly a number of times to make an accurate diagnosis.

Why would I be referred to a rheumatologist?

Rheumatologists are internists with special skills and training in the complex diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and rheumatic illnesses and much, much more. They treat patients with pain and disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, bones and other connective tissues.

How do I prepare for a rheumatology appointment?

Tips for being prepared at your next rheumatologist visit

  1. Keep a log of your symptoms.
  2. Make a list of questions for your doctor.
  3. Bring a list of your medications.
  4. Recruit a friend or family member.
  5. Find out which tests you need.
  6. Expand your treatment discussion.

What diseases have a positive ANA test?

Conditions that usually cause a positive ANA test include:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Sjögren’s syndrome — a disease that causes dry eyes and mouth.
  • Scleroderma — a connective tissue disease.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis — this causes joint damage, pain, and swelling.
  • Polymyositis — a disease that causes muscle weakness.