Gloria S. Gaston, MD
Location and Office HoursGloria S Gaston MD
2550 Windy Hill
Marietta, GA 30067
- BlueChoice (BC/BS of GA)
- Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital
Can methotrexate cure vasculitis?
MediGuard answeredThe normal medications for treating vasculitis are corticosteroids, such as prednisone, and cytotoxic medications, like methotrexate. The length of treatment depends on the severity of the illness. It can be temporary or lifelong. Your physician can monitor your progress with blood work. The length of time the treatment will continue will be based on the results of that blood work.
How does an anti-CCP test impact my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
The anti-CCP (inated peptide antibody) is a blood test that is commonly used to confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Anti-CCP tests are one of the most specific markers for the disease and may be positive even if the rheumatoid factor (RF) is negative.
For many, an anti-CCP test can be positive years before the first signs of RA are recognized.
Is fibromyalgia a degenerative disease?
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
Fibromyalgia is not considered a degenerative disease. However, there is a higher incidence of fibromyalgia with disorders associated with aging, such as arthritic and certain autoimmune disorders. It is possible that fibromyalgia symptoms may worsen over time when accompanied by overlapping conditions and primary symptoms of the syndrome, such as disordered sleep, and body-wide pain are not addressed.
Newer research suggests that in certain patients there is an upset in the autonomic nervous system reflected by disturbed heart rate variability. Our heart rate and blood pressure are in a constant state of flux, adapting to body movement, such as exercise, and position changes. In some patients this system is disrupted.
We know myofascial pain syndrome is also associated with many of the overlapping conditions of fibromyalgia and it is seen by some experts as a co-occurring disorder to fibromyalgia. When myofascial trigger points seen in myofascial pain syndrome are left untreated, symptoms do not improve.
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