Conditions we treat include:

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Bursitis and Tendonitis

Fibromyalgia
Gout
Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Pseudogout
Psoriatic Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Scleroderma
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Vasculitis

Pseudogout

Pseudogout has very similar symptoms to gout. It is an extremely painful arthritis with sudden swelling and pain in the joint. The crystals that cause these painful crises are made up of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate (CPPD) instead of uric acid. The most common site is the knee but other joints can also be affected. Taking a small amount of fluid from an affected joint and finding these CPPD crystals under a special microscope confirms the diagnosis.

Both men and women have a similar chance of getting pseudogout. It is also common in patients who have osteoarthritis, thyroid problems, kidney failure or other diseases that affect calcium, phosphate or iron metabolism.

Anti-inflammatory medicines are often prescribed to treat these sudden attacks. Likewise, steroids may be injected directly into your joint to calm the inflammation. Without treatment, symptoms can last 5 to12 days but with treatment, symptoms can improve within 24 hours.

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