Category Archives: Rheumatic
Methotrexate is a fairly safe medication but studies of it solo have failed to help Ankylosing spondylitis. Chinese study found when used with methylprednisolone had a therapeutic effect and improved inflammatory markers.
In rat model, vitamin C prevents oxidative stress on liver and kidney
Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody is a blood test for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have used it in hopes it would help with early detection but it seemed to always come back negative.. A recent study suggested it has a 35% sensitivity. … Continue reading
Had a complaint that Doctors leave patient’s in agony with PMR without thought of their needed prednisone dose – here’s how to figure needed dose out by calculating their disease activity.
In 2006, My Daughter, Janice Montbriand, published a poster called Commonly Missed Factors in Chronic Pain. Vitamin D deficiency was one of them. Since the there have been a variety of confirmatory studies – with some negative ones as well. I … Continue reading
I have previously written: Does Pain “Grow” at Tendon injury sites? -and Treatment tennis elbow Now for shoulder tendonopathy, “increases of newly grown nerve fibers and blood vessels ” inside tendons has been found
Sacroiliits Totally Unthought of Treatment – Filter Out White Blood Cells – Filtration Leukocytapheresis
Lady with ulcerative colitis and sacroiliitis improved after leukocytapheresis (LCAP).
Recent study found variations of RA by latitude and suggested low vitamin D might be cause. I don’t think it’s that simple
DEMS – dry eyes and mouth syndrome; SAPS – sicca asthenia polyalgia syndrome These cases do not qualify for sjogren’s syndrome but have “Sicca [dryness] symptoms and “nonspecific musculoskeletal pain”. They were found to have 59.2% thyroid peroxidase antibody rate … Continue reading
Due to lack of rheumatists in Regina, I have been forced to deal with complex pain cases that in part have an inflammatory nature. Some fit a PMR profile that requires more difficult management than I am used to. Below … Continue reading
In Ankylosing Spondylitis, the The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and Spinal Pain Visual Analog Scale (VAS) are used to obtain coverage for Etanercept. These forms are available here unprotected.
I have become aware of two cases of chronic pain following a Stretococcal infection. This could be a flavour of an Ankylosing Spondylitis with sacroiliits being a prime factor. As a matter of fact in those patients with persistently elevated … Continue reading