A rheumatic disease causes a person’s system to “attack” one or more parts of the body. This can result in inflammation, pain, swelling and organ damage. Rheumatic diseases may also be called autoimmune or inflammatory diseases because of how they affect a person’s body.
What kind of doctor treats rheumatic diseases?
A rheumatologist is an internal medicine physician who has specialized training to diagnose and treat people with autoimmune, inflammatory and connective tissue diseases. Many of these diseases impact the musculoskeletal system, including the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. A rheumatologist may also treat other kinds of rheumatologic disorders that affect the blood vessels, skin, nerves and internal organs.
When should you seek medical care?
It’s important to get medical care if you have symptoms of a rheumatic disease. It’s especially important to see a doctor if symptoms appear suddenly or worsen quickly.
Symptoms of a rheumatic disease might include:
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Inflammation in the lining of the lungs
- Muscle weakness
- Swollen lymph nodes
How our providers can help:
If you have a family history of rheumatic disease or are having symptoms, please seek medical care early. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent long-term damage to your body and can also help you feel better.
For more information about how we can help, call our clinic at (307) 638-7757