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Dr. Kamini Shah

Rheumatologist

Dr. Kamini Shah is a rheumatologist practicing in Forest Hills, New York. Dr. Shah specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and systematic autoimmune conditions that can affect the bones, muscles or bones. Eventually, if not treated, these illnesses can also impact the skin, eyes, nervous system and internal organs. Dr. Shah treats diseases similar to orthopedists but does not perform surgery. Often times, research is conducted to find potential alternatives for the patients illness.
Dr. Kamini Shah
  • Forest Hills, New York
  • St. George's
  • Accepting new patients

Should I exercise anymore?

As long as you don't have joint damage to the knees and ankles, it is ok to run. Start slow and get a sense of how your joints are feeling. If with any pain at all, you should READ MORE
As long as you don't have joint damage to the knees
and ankles, it is ok to run. Start slow and get a sense
of how your joints are feeling. If with any pain at all, you
should slow down and consider swimming or aqua exercises.
The key is to get the heart rate up for cardiovascular well-
being and this can be done through many different exercises.
Have your Rheumatologist exam your joints before
starting any exercise program.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Zomorph, or Morphine, commonly causes drowsiness and increased sweating. The Hydroxychloroquine and Sulfasalazine medications generally do not give rise to the mentioned READ MORE
The Zomorph, or Morphine, commonly causes drowsiness and increased sweating. The Hydroxychloroquine and Sulfasalazine medications generally do not give rise to the mentioned symptoms you are having.

Rotator cuff tear

Physical therapy will strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint which in the end, will improve overall joint mobility. Moreover, the techniques used in physical therapy READ MORE
Physical therapy will strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint which in the end, will improve overall joint mobility. Moreover, the techniques used in physical therapy including massage, heat and iontopheresis, will decrease the inflammation around the torn tendons, which ultimately reduce the pain you may be experiencing.
Also, the size of the tear dictates whether surgical intervention is required promptly or not. There are patients that can recover from a rotator cuff tear with PT and anti- inflammatory medications alone. Repair is inevitable if the tear is large enough.

RA and pregnancy

The goal is to control the Rheumatoid Arthritis as best as possible before pregnancy. The more the inflammation is controlled, the less likely you will require therapy during READ MORE
The goal is to control the Rheumatoid Arthritis as best as possible before pregnancy. The more the inflammation is controlled, the less likely you will require therapy during pregnancy. As you mentioned, Methotrexate is teratogenic, which means harmful to the fetus, therefore must be stopped three months prior to conception. If you do require therapy during pregnancy, low dose steroid therapy can be taken.

My hands swell

The blood vessels in the hands will dilate, meaning "open up," when it requires more blood flow, which is commonly required during exertional activities, especially when most blood READ MORE
The blood vessels in the hands will dilate, meaning "open up," when it requires more blood flow, which is commonly required during exertional activities, especially when most blood flow is diverted to the heart and muscles.
Avoid wearing rings during a work out
and try squeezing a stress ball during the work out to keep the blood flowing.