Autoimmune Disease Specialist

Ramos Rheumatology, PC -  - Rheumatology

Ramos Rheumatology, PC

Rheumatology located in Avoca, PA

When your body attacks itself, as with an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, you need answers and solutions from an experienced and trusted team. Julio Ramos, MD, FACR, FACP, and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, at Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania, are experts not only at diagnosing and treating your autoimmune disease, but they are also caring for you as an individual during treatment. Call the office and speak with a member of the friendly staff to discuss your options.

Autoimmune Disease Q & A

What is an autoimmune disease?

The term autoimmune disease refers to when your body’s immune system attacks itself by mistake. Your body attacks viruses and bacteria in your body to help protect you from the disease. Sometimes, your body attacks the cells in your body as if they are something harming the body. When this happens, Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski help diagnose and treat the organ or tissue affected by the autoimmune disease.

What are different types of autoimmune diseases?

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, more than 100 autoimmune diseases exist. The providers at Ramos Rheumatology treat all autoimmune diseases, including:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Lyme disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Celiac disease
  • Graves’ disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Autoimmune eye diseases
  • Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD)

Dr. Ramos is recognized as northeast Pennsylvania’s leading autoimmune diagnostician and works to diagnose and relieve your autoimmune disease symptoms as quickly as possible. At Ramos Rheumatology, your care and comfort are important to Dr. Ramos, Ms. Sokoloski and their team as the goal is to treat every patient like family.

What are the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Each autoimmune disease affects people differently because different autoimmune diseases attack different body systems. A wide range of general symptoms can affect everyone in various ways, however, including:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Skin rashes
  • Hair loss
  • Swelling or redness
  • Numbness in hands or feet

Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and other diseases have symptoms specific to that disease such as weight loss or a butterfly-shaped rash in the case of lupus. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski test your blood and use imaging to diagnose your autoimmune disease and determine the most effective treatment options.

What treatments are available for autoimmune disease?

Once you have a diagnosis for an autoimmune disease, Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski prepare a treatment plan based on your symptoms and diagnosis. Each disease receives a different treatment, but some diseases are similar and use the same treatments. Treatments commonly recommended include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Prescription pain relievers
  • Steroids
  • Creams
  • Disease-specific medications

Your treatment plan reflects your personal goals and symptom responses. If you have questions about your treatment plan, speak with Dr. Ramos or Ms. Sokoloski for adjustments as needed.

If you suspect an autoimmune disease is responsible for your symptoms, schedule an appointment with the premiere diagnostician in the northeast Pennsylvania area to provide you with effective treatment options and plans. Speak with a friendly member of the staff at Ramos Rheumatology today.