Rheumatic diseases affect all aspects of your life. While these diseases can be painful and even limit your daily life, research shows that the earlier they are caught, the more likely you are to reduce the damage they can have on your body.
Two of the most common questions asked about rheumatic diseases are what the symptoms are and how these diseases are diagnosed.
What are the symptoms of some rheumatic conditions?
Each disease offers its own unique signs and symptoms. Arthritis, which is the most common type of rheumatic condition, is characterized by these common symptoms:
- Joint swelling in one or more joints
- Stiffness in the joints which last for at least an hour in the early morning
- Constant or often recurring pain in the joint
- Difficulty moving the joint
- Warmth or redness in the joint
Lupus is another more common rheumatic condition which may include some or all of the following symptoms:
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Sensitive to the sun
- Hair loss
- Blood disorders
- Other more serious symptoms may also occur
How are rheumatic diseases diagnosed?
The first step to a diagnosis is finding a qualified rheumatologist and they will perform tests as well as review your medical history. They may ask questions such as how many joints hurt you and how long ago did you begin feeling the pain. To better assist, keep track of your pain and other issues you have.
It is important that you get to a rheumatologist right away. Dr. Dowd offers over 20 years of related experience in addition to being board certified in integrative holistic medicine, adult and pediatric rheumatology. To learn more about Dr. Dowd, visit his about page here.
Rheumatologist Pinckney MI
Many of our patients at the Arthritis Institute of Michigan come from Pinckney MI for our services. Recognizing a need for a rheumatologist in Pinckney, Dr. Dowd started the Arthritis Institute of Michigan. Dedicated to our patients, Dr. Dowd and the Arthritis Institute of Michigan are here to help you. The Arthritis Institute has the equipment, skills and desire to help with your rheumatic conditions. Located in Brighton, the Arthritis Institute of Michigan is less than 20 miles away. If you are interested in setting up an appointment, contact us by phone at 810.225.7553 or online by filling out the form below.