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A rheumatology profile screen is a test for connective tissue and rheumatoid disorders. These include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Dermatomyositis. Dermatomyositis and polymyositis are twice as common in women as in men. Dermatomyositis can occur in people of any age.
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What to Expect During Your Visit
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What is Rheumatism?

Rheumatism or rheumatic illness refers to the conditions which are primarily caused by swelling and inflammation of joints and muscles. Pain is the most notable symptom of a rheumatic condition. IN some instances, a rheumatic condition can be caused by wear and tear to the cartilage and joints. Osteoarthritis is, unfortunately, one of the most frequent diseases in the older population.

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Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)
Gamma- glutamyl transferase (GGT)
Total Bilirubin
Immunoglobulin M (IgM)
Immunoglobulin G (IgG)
Immunoglobulin A (IgA)
Component 4 (C4)

Kidney Health

Estimated Glomerular
Filtration Rate (eGFR)
Cystatin C
Calcium (adjusted)
Uric Acid

Nutritional Health

Calcium (Adjusted)
Vitamin D

Muscle & Joint Health

Creatine Kinase
Uric Acid
Rheumatoid Factor (RF)*

Bone Health

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Calcium (adjusted)
Vitamin D

Iron Status

Transferrin Saturation

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Rheumatology Profile Procedure
With a rheumatology profile it helps to prepare prior to your appointment.

Preparing for Test
Make sure you drink plenty of water before you arrive for the test. This makes it easier to take a sample of blood from you.

During the Test
A needle is inserted into a vein in your arm, near the elbow you may feel a scratch or prick and a small amount of blood is taken for laboratory analysis.
Initially our doctor will decide if you need a rheumatology specialist: appropriate blood tests will be ordered and carried out to get a better understanding and status of your rheumatic condition. The specialist, if required, will then assess your condition with the results and suggest the next steps to take to treat your disease together with you.

Exercise for Rheumatic Disease
Gentle exercises: walking and swimming, will help improve your energy levels and mobility and enhance blood flow, including, muscle strengthening. Our doctor will suggest the type of exercises appropriate for your condition. A physiotherapist will also enhance this important part of your treatment.

If you have any concerns and notice symptoms that may suggest you have a rheumatic condition we recommend getting a definitive diagnosis. We can arrange an appointment with our specialist and do the necessary investigations to confirm your condition. A report can also be given to your GP for further treatment if that is preferred.

What are the Symptoms of Rheumatic Illness?

The symptoms of rheumatologic conditions are one or more of the following:
Joint pain.
Joint swelling.
Muscle weakness.
Joint instability and/or stiffness. Especially in the morning.

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