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Dr. Joseph J. Flood, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Rheumatologist

Dr. Joseph J. Flood M.D., F.A.C.R. is a top Rheumatologist in Columbus, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Joseph J. Flood M.D., F.A.C.R. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Joseph J. Flood M.D., F.A.C.R. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Joseph J. Flood M.D., F.A.C.R. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Columbus, OH, Dr. Joseph J. Flood M.D., F.A.C.R. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
40 years Experience
Dr. Joseph J. Flood, M.D., F.A.C.R.
  • Columbus, OH
  • Georgetown Univ Sch of Med, Washington Dc
  • Accepting new patients

I have pain due to rheumatoid arthritis despite medications. Please advice.

There are many medications that might be used for rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients require escalation beyond the medication they may be started on. It is very important to be READ MORE
There are many medications that might be used for rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients require escalation beyond the medication they may be started on. It is very important to be evaluated by a rheumatologist for up-to-date expert care and treatment.

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Is this arthritis?

Stiffness in the joints is a common symptom of arthritis. Examination by your healthcare provider and perhaps some blood tests may be helpful, but the exam is the first and most READ MORE
Stiffness in the joints is a common symptom of arthritis. Examination by your healthcare provider and perhaps some blood tests may be helpful, but the exam is the first and most important step.

Can excess weight trigger rheumatic pain in people?

Generally, increased weight can increase pain in the knees and hips in particular. That said, leaner people with RA seem to do better over the long run.

Fibromyalgia

Restorative sleep is the first step in the treatment of fibromyalgia. All pain is worse when we sleep poorly. Gabapentin in medium doses at bedtime can help, but it is essential READ MORE
Restorative sleep is the first step in the treatment of fibromyalgia. All pain is worse when we sleep poorly. Gabapentin in medium doses at bedtime can help, but it is essential to consider sleep apnea as a confounding factor. It is very common in my fibromyalgia patients. Talk with you doctor about the potential value of an overnight sleep study in a sleep lab to consider this possibility.

I have soreness and swelling in my elbow. Should I visit a rheumatologist?

Yes. Not to be too trite, but after discussing with your primary care provider, a visit to rheumatologist would be appropriate. Rheumatologists specialize in joint problems.

Are there natural ways to treat gout?

In my experience, using "natural" remedies like sour cherry juice, citrus, and vitamin C may help lower uric acid (the causative agent in gout) minimally. Avoiding alcohol and READ MORE
In my experience, using "natural" remedies like sour cherry juice, citrus, and vitamin C may help lower uric acid (the causative agent in gout) minimally. Avoiding alcohol and high fructose containing products may help a bit, too, but medications are more effective in lowering uric acid to the point that gout can be controlled and flares irradiated.

My dad has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Is surgery required for him?

Only if pain and function are limiting him to the point that he is willing to undergo surgery.

I am taking natural medication for my RA. How long will the treatment take?

I am not aware of natural medication that helps RA. There are numerous medications that can slow or stop the progression of RA and talking with a rheumatologist would be your best READ MORE
I am not aware of natural medication that helps RA. There are numerous medications that can slow or stop the progression of RA and talking with a rheumatologist would be your best next step in ascertaining your diagnosis and get on the way to controlling it.

Do you think steroid medications will improve my arthritis?

Corticosteroids usually help most forms of arthritis, but their effects are short lived, and when taken for a long time, the side effects exceed their benefits.