Sjögren's syndrome is an inflammatory
disease that can affect many different parts
of the body, but most often affects the tear
and saliva glands. Patients with this
condition may notice irritation, a gritty
feeling, or painful burning in the eyes. Dry
mouth or difficulty eating dry foods and
swelling of the glands around the face and
neck are also common. Roughly 1 to 2 percent
of the population has Sjögren's syndrome.
This condition can affect people of any age,
but symptoms usually appear between the ages
of 45 and 55. It affects ten times as many
women as men and sometimes develops as a
complication of another autoimmune disorder.
It is a relatively under diagnosed disease.
This is a condition that can occur by
itself or in conjunction with lupus or other
connective tissue diseases. The affected
patients are prone to blood clots and
pregnancy losses. Over the years we at the
Rheumatology Center have successfully
managed women with this condition who are at
risk for a miscarriage and seen them through
their pregnancy to a successful outcome.
IVIg is used in
Myositis is the general term used to
describe inflammation of the muscles.
Dermatomyositis and polymyositis are all
considered inflammatory myopathies.
Inflammatory myopathies are thought to be
autoimmune diseases. All of these diseases
can cause muscle weakness, but each type is
different. Some early signs of myositis
include trouble rising from a chair, tired
feeling after standing or walking and
difficulty swallowing or breathing. Myositis
may occur on its own or in conjunction with
other connective tissue diseases.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of
arthritis, especially among older people. In
fact, more than half of the population age
65 or older has X-ray
evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one
joint. Both men and women have the disease.
People with osteoarthritis usually have
joint pain and limited movement. Scientists
do not know yet what causes the disease, but
they suspect a combination of factors,
including being overweight, the aging
process, joint injury, and stresses on the
joints from certain jobs and sports
We offer our patients the most up to date
treatment for the management of OA,
including physical therapy, intra-articular
injections and quality of life management.
Raynaud's disease is a condition that
causes some areas of your body – such as
your fingers, toes, tip of your nose and
your ears – to feel numb and cool in
response to cold temperatures or stress.
It's a disorder of the blood vessels that
supply blood to your skin. During a
Raynaud's attack, these arteries narrow,
limiting blood circulation to affected
areas. Typically, fingers or toes change
color on cold exposure appearing white or
blue. Women are more likely than men are to
have the disorder. It's more common in
people who live in colder climates.