CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a group of blood cancers including all types of lymphoma except Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and fatigue are common symptoms. Many individuals may also experience bone pain, chest pain and itchiness. Some forms grow slow while others advance quickly. Lymphoma refers primarily to just cancerous blood cell tumors rather than all such tumors. Rituximab is one of many approved treatment drugs. For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Hodgkin_lymphoma

Crohn’s Disease affects approximately 500,00 Americans.  It is a ongoing disorder which manifests continual inflammation of the digestive tract.  Ulcerative colitis only affects the large intestine, whereas Crohn’s Disease affects the entire tract.  Treatment for the disease is based on its location, severity and associated complications.  Cimzia, Remicade, Tysabri and Entyvio are common drugs used to treat the disease typically along with anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids.   For more information on Crohn’s Disease visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn%27s_disease

Immunodeficiency Disorders are a group of disorders in which part of the immune system is missing or defective. Therefore, the body’s ability to fight infections is impaired. As a result, patients suffering from immunodeficiency disorder will have frequent infections which are typically more and sever and last longer than usual or expected. For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunodeficiency

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease occurring when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. It can affect your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It is sometimes difficult to diagnose Lupus as its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Corticosteroids and numerous immunosuppressants, such as Benlysta, are used to control lupus. For more information on Lupus visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupus_erythematosus

Multiple Sclerosis can cause a variety of symptoms: changes in sensation, muscle weakness, abnormal muscle spasms, difficulty moving, difficulties with balance or coordination, problems with speech and swallowing, visual problems, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, bladder and bowel difficulties, cognitive impairment, and emotional symptomatology. Tysabri and intravenous steroids are commonly used MS treatments. For more information on Multiple Sclerosis visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_sclerosis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder primarily affecting joints. It typically results in warm, swollen and painful joints. The disease may also affect other parts of the body, possibly resulting in low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs and the heart. Common treatment for adult and pediatric patients are actemra, orencia, remicade, rituxan, simponi aria and intravenous steroids. For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheumatoid_arthritis
Ulcerative Colitis is a long-term condition resulting in inflammation and ulcers of the colon and rectum. Individuals affected by these disease may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea often times mixed with blood, weight loss, fever and anemia may occur. Complications may include magacolon, inflammation of the eye, joints, or liver and colon cancer. Corticosteroids and aminosalicylates, immune system suppressors, entyvio and remicade are options for treating associated symptoms. For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulcerative_colitis
Psoriatic Arthritis is considered a rare disease affecting fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. It can affect any part of the body and ranges from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, disease flares may alternate with periods of remission. There is no known cure currently for psoriatic arthritis. Treatments utilizing cimzia and remicade aid in controlling symptoms and preventing further damage to joints. For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriatic_arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is considered a rare disease affecting fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. It can affect any part of the body and ranges from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, disease flares may alternate with periods of remission. There is no known cure currently for psoriatic arthritis. Treatments utilizing cimzia and remicade aid in controlling symptoms and preventing further damage to joints. For more information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriatic_arthritis

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings, and sense of well-being.People with a depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, angry,ashamed, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, experience relationship difficulties and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems, or reduced energy may also be present. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_(mood)

Bipolar Disorder also known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present. During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy, or irritable. Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases. During periods of depression, there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorder are commonly associated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder

Opioid/Pain Med Addiction is a medical condition characterized by the compulsive use of opioids or pain medication despite adverse consequences from continued use and the development of a withdrawal syndrome when opioid use stops. It involves both an addiction to and dependence upon opioids. Opioids include substances such as morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc. In order to be diagnosed with opioid use disorder, a person must display a preoccupation with a desire to obtain and take the drug and persistent drug-seeking behavior. The opioid dependence-withdrawal syndrome involves both psychological dependence and marked physical dependence upon opioid compounds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opioid_use_disorder

Cocaine and Stimulant Abuse is a psychological desire to use cocaine/stimulants regularly. cocaine/stimulant overdose may result in cardiovascular and brain damage, such as: constricting blood vessels in the brain, causing strokes and constricting arteries in the heart; causing heart attacks. The use of cocaine/stimulant creates euphoria and high amounts of energy. If taken in large, unsafe doses, it is possible to cause mood swings, paranoia, insomnia, psychosis, high blood pressure, a fast heart rate, panic attacks, cognitive impairments and drastic changes in personality. The symptoms of cocaine/stimulant withdrawal (also known as comedown or crash) range from moderate to severe: dysphoria, depression, anxiety, psychological and physical weakness, pain, and compulsive cravings. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine_dependence

Alcohol Use Disorder Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in problems. It was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions is present: a person drinks large amounts over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use. Risky situations include drinking and driving or having unsafe sex among others. Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body but particularly affects the brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system. This can result in mental illness, Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, an irregular heart beat, liver failure, and an increase in the risk of cancer, among other diseases. Drinking during pregnancy can cause damage to the baby resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Generally women are more sensitive to alcohol’s harmful physical and mental effects than men. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholism