Dance and Arthritis

Inspired by my wife, I decided to join her in a dance competition for charity, “Dancing with Desire,” scheduled at the News Journal Center January 10, 2015 ( In the past few months, we have taken the opportunity to visit several dance studios, where I have run into two of my patients, one who is […]

Arthritis Diagnosis Puzzling

John, a 67-year-old man who loved to work in his garden, was having trouble with his hands. He was experiencing pain, slight swelling, and a few bumps on the first two joints of his fingers, along with about 30 minutes of morning stiffness. Initial diagnosis showed a normal erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or sed rate) […]

Muscle pain and headache In the Elderly

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), meaning pain in many muscles (poly=many; myo=muscle; algia=pain), and giant cell arteritis (GCA), inflammation in the artery wall and causing severe pain in the temporal area, are not new diseases. They have been around for more than 100 years, but have been commonly labeled as senile arthritis, myalgia, or rheumatism. PMR and […]