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Can anyone recommend a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgeries?

Hi all, I was diagnosed July 2018, at age 53, with moderate seropositive RA. I have undergone infusions of Inflectra, then switched to Remicade for the past 4 cycles, in combination with low dose Methotrexate. I had increasing wrist pain which prompted the switch.

I’m functioning pretty well overall, but still have daily wrist pain and, of course, varying daily aches and stiffness. I work with a knowledgable strength trainer and try to stay active. I also stick to a pretty clean diet, though AIP is too strict for me. I’d like to get a 2nd opinion on my diagnosis and treatment options, because I can’t help wondering if my condition can be better than it is now.

I find the options of available docs overwhelming. I want to go to a major Rheumatology Center, and my Rheumy recommended Hospital for Special Surgeries in NYC. Bottom line, I’d like to find a doctor that’s a good fit for me and my situation. Thank you for any help you can offer.


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  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi cmac. It is good that you are looking to maximize control over your RA. Your post made me think of this article from our contributor Michael about a doctor who would not let him settle for the occasional flare and the corresponding damage that could occur: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/the-good-doctor/.

    While I can’t recommend a specific doctor, I thought you might be interested in this resource finder from the Arthritis Foundation, which includes healthcare professionals: http://resourcefinder.arthritis.org/?_ga=2.5648499.1318158059.1573596440-756956331.1564434286.

    It is important that besides simply finding an excellent doctor, you find a doctor that is the right fit for you. Towards that end, I thought you might be interested in this article from our contributor Andrew on finding excellent doctors: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/finding-excellent-doctors/. It can also be useful to put together questions geared around your goals.

    Hoping you find a doctor that fits your needs and please know that this community is here for you. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • cmac author
    3 months ago

    Hello Richard, and thank you very much. These are wonderful articles and resources, and I appreciate your thoughtful response to my inquiry. I’m realizing that this online community is full of many kinds of support!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator
    4 months ago

    CMAC, I assume you are referring to the Hospital for Special Surgeries in NYC? We do have some contributors in that area. If so perhaps they have some contacts.

    rick – moderator.

  • cmac author
    3 months ago

    Thank you Lawrence!

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