There are many different rheumatic diseases and conditions, including over 100 types of arthritis. A rheumatologist specialises in the treatment and care of these conditions and while you may or may not yet be diagnosed, there are many reasons you may be referred to a rheumatologist. We’re looking at a few below.
1. Joint Pain and Swelling
The most common reason for referral or appointments with a rheumatologist is joint pain and related swelling. Joint pain and the swelling that often comes with it are usually the first symptoms of a rheumatic condition. Early diagnosis can be key to managing many types of arthritis so if you suffer with persistent joint symptoms, try and get referred to a rheumatologist as soon as possible.
2. Abnormal Blood Results
Not all blood tests results are an indication of rheumatic disease. However, certain abnormal test results may show the presence of a rheumatic condition. Blood tests looking at things such as erythrocyte sedimentation rate and rheumatoid factor can indicate these types of condition. If you test positive for one of these then you should be referred to a rheumatologist or suggest this should your doctor not.
3. No Diagnosis
If you are suffering from symptoms of rheumatic disease but simply can’t work out what’s wrong, a specialist is the answer. Rheumatologists have experience in treating rare diseases. This includes many which are hard to diagnose. They regularly piece together different symptoms, tests and results to find a diagnosis for patients, many of whom may have waited for years without the additional help.
Patients living with rheumatic conditions without the right treatment can really struggle. The right pain medication as well as additional treatment and therapies can truly change lives. The right specialist is central to organising and ensuring patients get the treatment they need and for all rheumatic diseases and arthritis, you need a rheumatologist.
Making an Appointment with Dr Barrett
Dr Barrett is a highly experienced consultant rheumatologist. Working with patients with many different conditions Dr Barrett can help from diagnosis to long-term management of a range of conditions.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr Stephanie Barrett please call 020 7730 8508 or make an appointment here.