Orlando Rheumatologist

Autoimmune Disease TreatmentOrlando, FL

It seems that most people have trouble taking care of themselves when they get sick with a cold or a sore throat. In fact, many follow the idealism of “I’ll just work through it” and make it much more difficult for the body to fight the illness. When it comes to autoimmune diseases though, rest and store-bought medicine are not going to easily remedy the situation.

Even determining the type of autoimmune disease will take extensive testing from a professional. At Anika Alar MD, we have the tools and expertise to determine the patient’s condition and what he or she needs for treatment.

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Understanding Autoimmune Diseases

In order to understand the treatment process, it is important to understand what an autoimmune disease is and the various types of autoimmune diseases that people can have. In a broad term, autoimmune diseases are diseases that cause the body’s immune system to attack itself. When the body senses bacteria and viruses, it sends out fighter cells to attack any foreign invaders. In these cases though, the immune system mistakes parts of the body as invaders as well.

When this occurs, the body releases proteins known as autoantibodies that target various areas of the body, including:

  • Joints
  • Skin
  • One organ like the pancreas
  • Affecting the entire body

With multiple types of autoimmune diseases, no single treatment will be exactly like another. We will customize the treatment to the patient’s condition and the specific type of disease. Since each disease goes after a different part of the body, there are a larger variety of symptoms that make it difficult to identify what the condition is without extensive testing. A few of the autoimmune diseases that we treat include:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Myositis

Interpreting the Symptoms

It is not easy for an individual to realize he or she has an autoimmune disorder since the symptoms match other conditions. For instance, symptoms for multiple sclerosis include numbness, weakness, issues with balance and difficulty walking. Doctors who do not specialize in this treatment may interpret these symptoms in another way. This goes along with the fact that there are several forms of MS that all progress at different rates.

Another condition we treat is rheumatoid arthritis, RA. This condition can cause joint pain and other health problems. The joint pain can occur on both sides, such as both arms and legs. The pain can start out as minor and get worse over time, making many people assume that it is only temporary or something that a chiropractor can treat with mild therapy.

Symptoms of RA, include:

  • Pain in the joints
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • A loss of joint function

These symptoms can occur anywhere throughout the body and will vary in the level of severity. Part of the issue is that many people will ignore the symptoms until they are unbearable.

Testing and Treatment

Testing for RA or another condition will take multiple appointments instead of one appointment. The exams may differ from a physical exam and medical history evaluation to blood testing and an ANA Evaluation. If you see a primary doctor, they will start with a physical exam to determine if there is any other cause to the symptoms besides RA.

If RA is the cause, then the doctor will recommend that patient to a rheumatologist. As a rheumatologist, Dr. Anika Alar, MD, can help to find the right treatment. We will conduct the more extensive testing that can involve blood testing and measuring certain substances in the body during the inflammatory condition.

While RA and many other conditions do not have a cure, there are treatments that can help to manage the symptoms. With the right medication to relieve pain and control the inflammatory response, there is a chance the condition will go into remission. However, the only way that will happen is if the patient seeks treatment. The treatment can include:

  • Medication
  • Specialized methods of exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Alternative treatments

With the proper treatment, we can help people to live life without the pain of the condition getting in the way. It is important to note that the medication will be stronger than over-the-counter painkillers. Patients will be able to find relief and begin to implement lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise into their lives thanks to the medication.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you or a loved one believe or know you have an autoimmune disease and are in need of treatment, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We can help find the treatment that works best for you and helps you to begin living your life to the fullest.

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Anika Alar MD is located at
7328 Stonerock cir.
Orlando, FL

(407) 209-3711