Dr. (Prof) Col OP Garg, VSM

is a senior Rheumatologist with 19 years of robust experience in treating 100 types of arthritis and other joint pain diseases. He is presently the Director of 'Rheumed Clinic - The Centre for Arthritis Control' in Dwarka, Delhi & senior consultant Rheumatologist, Artemis Hospital, Dwarka. Formerly, he has been Senior Rheumatologist at Army Hospital R&R, Delhi & HoD, Rheumatology at BL Kapur Hospital, Delhi. He has also been awarded for his excellent service by the President of India. In this blog, he talks about various conditions related to joint pains like Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankolysing Spondylitis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis etc.
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Similarities and Differences between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

SIMILARITIES 1. Both RA and SLE are caused by dysregulation of the body’s immune system known as autoimmunity. 2. Both can be managed effectively if recognised early and professional care is obtained by a Rheumatologist. 3. More women than men suffer with SLE and RA. DIFFERENCES RA and SLE are very different from each other. Let’s...

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

What is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, JRA in short, is a form of chronic arthritis in one or more joints persisting for at least 6 weeks and certain other conditions, which can give rise to similar symptoms, are excluded. Disease has many subtypes depending upon the type of onset and defined by clinical...

A perplexing case of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

This post has been inspired by people who suffer from a condition, not commonly found or have a common condition but to not respond to medicines. Common diseases are easy to treat as you know giving a particular medicine or treatment will help. But when the individual does not respond to tried and tested medicines,...

Prevalence of Fibromyalgia in Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity

For years now, in my medical practice, I’ve believed that Fibromyalgia results from recurrent micro-sprains and strains of myofacial junctions in patients with weak biomechanics and hyper mobility associated with obesity or being overweight. And whoever put into practice, my advice to reduce their weight, their symptoms of fibromyalgia significantly resolved. Please read on the...

Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis: “What to eat and what to avoid”

Best and Worst Foods for Arthritis “How Do Foods Spark Inflammation? To find the answer, Philip P. Cavicchia, MSPH, a PhD student in the department of epidemiology at the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, helped design this new inflammatory index. He and his colleagues scored 41 foods...

The Single Best thing you can do for your Health

A great visual message about what I have been saying for all these years to my patients. The single best thing you can do to stay health is ‘Stay Healthy’ – Exercise, Eat Good Food, Stay Fit, Don’t Smoke.
Rheumatoid Arthritis RA Diet

Rheumatoid Arthritis RA Diet

What to avoid: All Pasteurized and Dairy Products Egg Plant / Brinjal Potatoes Tomatoes Corn Bacon & Pork Oranges Refined Sugars Chemical Sugar Sweetners MSG (Monosodium glutamate) Alcohol Caffeine Red Meat Processed food Common salt Tobacco   What to Eat: Salmon Flax Seeds Walnuts Green Tea Black Tea Cherries Papaya Bell peppers (yellow, red and green) Broccoli...

Caution – those who are taking injectible methotrexate

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Drug Methotrexate has been recalled from market as some lots were found to be faulty. Glass Flakes were found in Injectable Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug which spurred the recall. Following are FDA statements and the lot numbers which have been recalled. I would like to thank Cynthia White on precautioning people early on my facebook page....

Frozen Shoulder, how and why it is developed and how do you treat it

What is frozen shoulder? Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis is a medical condition in which the movement of the shoulder is severely restricted and is painful. The shoulder is so stiff that even the minor movements becomes difficult like lifting arm above shoulders or touching face during routine activities. Why you develop a frozen...

Research proves relationship between rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Cardiovascular diseases and Smoking

Based on latest scientific evidence found in a study focused on 1,022 patients, I want to warn the people who are suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that they are vulnerable to early death due to cardiovascular diseases. RA is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease. It is being increasingly recognized that inflammation promotes atherosclerosis. A marker...

NEW RESEARCH – Quit smoking to prevent as well as to control rheumatic diseases; especially LUPUS and RA

Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for so many serious illnesses like lung cancer and heart diseases. These are well known to the general public. According to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa; cigarette smoking also leads to rheumatic diseases and renders treatment less effective....

Most commonly misunderstood terms in Rheumatology

Here is a post to clarify the meaning of various terms used in Rheumatology. I keep getting asked, these question in my daily practice so here it is once again. What is Arthritis? When there is an inflammation of inner structures of joints especially of the synovial membrane which lines the joint cavity, it is...

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