Rheumatic diseases or those dealing with the autoimmune system are sometimes complicated in nature and difficult to diagnose. When you have an autoimmune condition, your immune system sends inflammation to areas of the body when it is not needed causing damage and pain. This can affect your joints, muscles, bones, eyes, skin, nervous system and internal organs. The Kinisi rheumatology team includes specialists who are very experienced at identifying and treating these disorders.
Diagnosing your condition
Because rheumatic conditions are challenging to diagnose it is important to understand that several visits to the doctor may be needed to determine your diagnosis and the best treatment for you.
On your first visit you will go over a complete family history with your doctor, as well as the results of any tests you may have already had. Additional tests may be needed such as labs, x-rays, ultrasound, a CT scan or an MRI. The results from all of your tests will be reviewed with you to determine what is causing your symptoms.
During follow up visits your doctor may talk with you about medications, how to cope with your condition, ways to prevent disability, how to get your function back and ways to improve your quality of life. Your doctor will also consult with other physicians, specialists and you to create a customized care plan for you.
The rheumatology team at the Kinisi Institute treats the following conditions and more:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
- Giant cell arteritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Semi Ayub, MD
Dr. Ayub regularly sees patients who have new or chronic musculoskeletal complaints, including problems in the shoulders, hips, and knee pain. Her areas of particular interest include: reactive arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease-related arthritis, and all other common and uncommon rheumatic diseases.
“I also work with patients who require joint, bursa, and tendon sheath injections to alleviate painful swelling and symptoms,” she explained. “I can also help patients identify rheumatic versus non-rheumatic conditions, along with diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and systemic Lupus Erythematosus.”
A native of Pakistan, Dr. Ayub is a graduate of Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan, and held the position of Medical Officer at Civil Hospital in Karachi. She continued her medical education as an Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Minnesota where she also studied as a Rheumatology Fellow. She was recently involved in two research projects, one at Veterans Administration which was recently published in an “Osteoarthritis and Cartilage” journal. The second project was finished at University and presented at the American College of Rheumatology Conference.