Blogs

How Arthritis Affects Your Overall Health

The word arthritis makes most people think of joint pain, and for good reason. Joint pain is a common symptom in all the more than 100 different types of arthritis. But arthritis can affect your overall health in other ways, too.

Sep 1st, 2021
Third Dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

On 12 August 2021 the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to include a 3rd injection for people whose immune system are moderately to severely impaired, including rheumatology patients.

Aug 15th, 2021
Arthritis Benefits of IV Infusion Therapy

Chronic conditions often have an array of potential treatment options, and figuring out which one or combination works best for you can feel like navigating a maze in the dark. In this post, we discuss IV infusion therapy for arthritis.

Aug 12th, 2021
Diagnosed with Gout? 5 Important Management Tips

You’ve noticed that your joints are painful, and your doctor has told you that you have gout, a common form of arthritis. When you have a flare, you probably have one question: What can I do to reduce the pain?

Jul 7th, 2021
Immunosuppressant Medications and COVID-19 Vaccination

Patients on DMARDs should receive COVID-19 Vaccination. However, certain DMARDs can impact the effectiveness of vaccines. In this blog, I discuss this issue in detail and provide resources on how to adjust medications when receiving vaccination.

Jun 26th, 2021
Good Health Simply

I am Dr. Thomas Hoffmann.  I'm a Rheumatologist who treats auto-immune diseases like lupus or RA where the body's immune system overreacts and attacks joints or organs in the body.

Jun 19th, 2021
5 Signs of Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis is a rare condition, and some of the symptoms sound like conditions themselves. In this post, we describe five signs of systemic sclerosis -- in language you can understand.

Jun 17th, 2021
What to Do About Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks your joints. You may imagine there’s nothing that can be done, but there are some lifestyle changes and treatment methods that can help.

May 17th, 2021
Recognizing the Symptoms of Sjӧgren's Syndrome

Some diseases cause different symptoms in different people and don’t always follow the same progression pattern in all patients. Sjӧgren’s syndrome is one such condition. Keep reading to learn how to identify the symptoms of this condition.

Mar 15th, 2021
Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

In this post, I describe the mechanism of action, the safety, and the efficacy of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Feb 28th, 2021
5 Benefits of Exercise When You Have Joint Inflammation

When you pull a muscle or strain a ligament, you need to rest, so it may seem logical that when you have joint inflammation, you should avoid exercise. However, there are some important benefits of exercising, even if you have joint pain.

Feb 15th, 2021
Pseudogout Versus Gout: There Is a Difference

Gout and pseudogout share some similarities, as you might imagine. However, there are some critical medical differences. In this post, we describe the difference between the two conditions and why it matters.

Jan 17th, 2021
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine received FDA emergency use authorization on 18 December 2020. This article summarizes the information about its efficacy and side effect profile based on information available as of 26 Feb 2021.

Dec 18th, 2020
The Best Treatment Options for Vasculitis

Vasculitis is the name of a group of conditions that all involve inflammation of the blood vessels. It’s a disorder of the immune system, but there are treatments that can help.

Dec 13th, 2020
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in patients 16 years and older. In this article, I am summarizing the information known about this vaccine as of 13 December 2020.

Dec 13th, 2020
The Importance of Getting Your Vaccinations

The last few years have seen a rise in the amount of misinformation regarding vaccines. We’d like to take a moment to explain why vaccinations are so important, especially for those who have chronic conditions.

Nov 3rd, 2020
Benefits of Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements

Have you ever wondered why vitamin and nutritional supplements are so highly recommended by medical professionals? They have benefits that can enhance your overall health and increase your quality of life. Keep reading to learn more.

Oct 1st, 2020
Skin Care Tips for Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis is also known as scleroderma, and it’s a mysterious autoimmune condition that has no cure, but it can be managed. Skin problems and discomfort are a hallmark of the disease, but you can take steps toward real relief.

Sep 1st, 2020
The Best Treatment Options For Lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes pain and other serious complications. Many people are uninformed about this disease and its symptoms. However, it is treatable, and we go over some of the best treatment options here.

Aug 13th, 2020
How IV Infusion Therapy Can Help With Your Chronic Pain

Whether you have rheumatoid arthritis or another type of rheumatologic disease, chances are your pain will eventually stop responding to conventional medications. That’s when you’ll need the next level of pain relief: IV infusion therapy.

May 26th, 2020
COVID 19 Update 29 May 2020

The basics of the virus have not changed. The pandemic is now world-wide. The differences in responses around the world in combination with growing knowledge of the virus and disease show us what is working and what has not worked. 

Jun 2nd, 2020
COVID 19

COVID thoughts 29 March Hi, I’m Dr. Thomas Hoffmann. I am a Rheumatologist and prior Special Forces medic. Here are my thoughts on COVID and interpreting the conflicting opinions in the media.

Mar 29th, 2020
Reducing Your Risk of Infection

In the midst of influenza season, and with the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 spreading in US communities, many of you have asked what measures you can take to minimize your risk. This list incorporates those measures recommended by the CDC...

Mar 14th, 2020
Prescription Update: Hydrocodone

Effective October 6th, 2014 hydrocodone containing products were classified as schedule II medications. Schedule II medications are the most tightly controlled prescriptions available.

Oct 5th, 2014