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Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with muscular pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. It is a form of soft-tissue rheumatism, a broad term including a group of disorders that cause pain and stiffness around the joints and in muscles and bones. Tender points, areas of the body that are painful when pressed, characterize Fibromyalgia. Headaches, abdominal pain, cramps, and dizziness can be associated with this disease.
Lupus refers to several forms of a disease of the immune system that affects joints, skin, kidneys, and other parts of the body. In lupus, the immune system produces antibodies that react with the body's own tissues. Some symptoms included but are not limited to rashes, sores, arthritis, chest pain, kidney and neurological problems, and low white or red blood cell counts.
Lyme Disease is an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Early symptoms include fever, fatigue, rash, and joint pain which can later lead to arthritis, neurological and heart diseases.
Osteoarthritis (commonly referred to as OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Age, obesity, injury, and overuse of the joints are typical causes of OA. Pain, stiffness, swelling, and limitation of joint use can occur as a result of changes to the cartilage and bone of joints. OA is most often found in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, fingers, and toes.
Osteoporosis is a result from the loss of bone mass. Bones follow a cyclical pattern in which old bones break down and new bones form. An imbalance in this cycle in which more bone is broken down than is being formed causes Osteoporosis. Age plays a major factor in causing this disease of thinning bones. Although Osteoporosis is more common in females, males suffer from it as well. At the Rheumatology Center of Princeton, a test is available to detect early osteoporosis. This test is called a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test. BMD is a safe procedure using minimal radiation exposure. The BMD is usually performed on the lower spine and both hip areas of a patient. In some cases, a forearm scan is done. The BMD scan measures the actual mineral density of bone in those areas. The scan is not painful and usually takes approx 90 seconds per site. Scan results include detail analysis. Physicians of the Rheumatology Center of Princeton will have the results ready within 5 days of the appointment. The results of your test will determine if any treatment is needed and your physician will provide osteoporosis preventative information and answer questions you may have.
Sjögren's Syndrome is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes dryness, especially of the eyes and mouth. In Sjögren's Syndrome, lymphocytes of the immune system attack normal cells of the exocrine glands, preventing them from producing moisture. This disease occurs either by itself (primary) or with other forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and myositis (secondary). Additional symptoms include swollen salivary glands, vaginal dryness, and fatigue.
Soft Tissue Rheumatic Syndromes
Two of the most common forms of Soft Tissue Rheumatic Syndromes include bursitis and tendinitis. Pain, swelling, tenderness, and inflammation of tendons, ligaments, and bursa of the joint commonly occur. Typically, areas that are affected include shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, back, knees, ankles, and feet. Causes of Soft Tissue Rheumatic Syndromes occur as a result of sports injuries or repetitive moment.
Psoriatic Arthritis occurs in people with psoriasis, a chronic skin disease. In Psoriatic Arthritis, pain and swelling in the joints and scaly patches on the skin can develop. This disease is characterized by swelling and redness of joints, particularly in the knees, ankles, fingers, and toes.