Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that deals with management of various types of arthritis, auto immune conditions like lupus and systemic sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Gout, etc. Dr Chethana Dharmapalaiah is a Consultant Rheumatologist who has done her post-graduation (MRCP Internal Medicine) and super specialty training in Rheumatology (CCT) from UK. Having worked in various University hospitals with some world renowned rheumatologists in UK, she has returned to India to practice Rheumatology.
You should consult Dr Chethana if you have joint pains lasting more than 2-3 weeks, early morning stiffness and swelling in joints, low back pain and stiffness, joint pains associated with psoriasis, skin rashes on sun exposure, mouth ulcers, dry eyes or mouth, hairfall, raynauds, unremitting fever, weight loss, recurrent pregnancy losses, gout or high uric acid, red painful eyes due to uveitis or other inflammatory eye conditions.
Dr Chethana has expertise in diagnosis and management of all rheumatological conditions like –
Reactive Arthritis (HLAB27)
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Inclusion Body Myositis
Following a consultation, you may be expected to do some laboratory investigations, sometimes imaging tests may be required. Most rheumatological conditions are chronic and disabling if not diagnosed early and treated promptly. The treatment for most conditions is longterm. It is absolutely essential to have regular follow up consultations and monitoring of blood tests.
Apart from medications, adapting a healthy lifestyle by quitting smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly to keep fit, all aid in recovery.