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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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i have had painful joints for years which are now severe i

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i have had painful joints for years which are now severe i had a shoulder repair in sept 13 this has failed to work my doctor is trying to get me urgent appointment as im in constant pain my bloods etc are now up a left as well
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--sorry about all that but I'm a little uncertain about what your question is?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i am asking what can be wrong with me my legs etc carry a lot of inflamtion and the pains keep me up at night

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Karen, What tests and studies have you had for this problem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i am being sent to a neurologist i have numberous scans and xrays which come back wear and tear on back and joints i am getting deopressed because i cant get an answer

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
I understand. Have you had an autoimmune screen and a screen for heavy metal toxicity (lead and mercury)?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

if this is done threw blood tests then yes have had full bloods done and results show that my system is high in levels and low in iron have been put on folic acid today

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Sorry Karen--high in what levels?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i am not sure only that i am low in blood and carring inflamation and that my kidney and liver were low and i cannot remember what else only that my doctor is to scared to give me any more medication

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Karen. Let me ask you this--have you seen a rheumatologist a out this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no i have only consulted with hospital requarding my shoulder i have attended physio he discharged me as he feels he cant do no more all i want is for this terrible pains to stop

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
I understand Karen. If you had an MRI of the spine can you tell me exactly what that report said?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

it just said i was nearly 2 on the scale so i dont have really soft bones all i want is what can i do to stop these joint pains

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Stick with me Karen--that's a scan to look for osteoporosis and not an MRI scan of the spine--have you not had one of those?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes they just said it showed wear and tear

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Karen--and we can continue after this if you need to. You need to see a rheumatologist for more blood work and MRI's of your affected joints. This sounds like you have an autoimmune disorder like polyarthralgia or rheumatoid arthritis and if that's the case, medications like prednisone, methotrexate, and biologics like Enbrel or Humira can be very effective for your pain
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can you please tell me what autoimmune disorder is

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
It's when your body's immune system goes a little haywire and attacks your tissues as though they were foreign bodies like antibodies attack bacteria. The medications I mentioned are designed to calm down that reaction.
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