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Dr. Meha Sharma - Rheumatologist, Delhi

Dr. Meha Sharma

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MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology

Rheumatologist, Delhi

5 Years Experience  ·  600 at clinic  ·  ₹350 online
Dr. Meha Sharma 88% (143 ratings) MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology Rheumatologist, Delhi
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I believe the first step is to create awareness about rheumatology and rheumatological diseases. A lot of myths exist about arthritis and related issues. Most of the rheumatological disea......more
I believe the first step is to create awareness about rheumatology and rheumatological diseases. A lot of myths exist about arthritis and related issues. Most of the rheumatological diseases are treatable and patients can lead a wonderful life with appropriate guidance. Be AWARE and educate yourself about disease!
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She has helped numerous patients in her 4 years of experience as a Rheumatologist. She is a MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology In Dwarka Sector 18, Delhi. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Meha Sharma on Lybrate.com.

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MD - General Medicine - Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi - 2012
DM - Rheumatology - King George's Medical University Lucknow - 2016
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Indian Rheumatology Association

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Hi. I have spondyloarthropathy and I've consulted a doctor 3-4 months ago and wasn't given sazo 500 x3 with dolonex x2. And after the dose was over my pain is back. I was stretching and did physio too but I'm starting to fall back to the same pain despite all that. I have booked an appointment with you. Please advice me briefly. I'm am coming from Tanzania. Thanks.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Hi. I have spondyloarthropathy and I've consulted a doctor 3-4 months ago and wasn't given sazo 500 x3 with dolonex x...
If your disease activity is high in terms of pain intensity and you are not responding adequately to pain killers and sulfasalazine ( saazo) then you need to take biologic drugs ( injections ) for spondyloarthritis. The final decision is made after detailed history and examination and certain investigations.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Why It Is Important To Treat It On Time?

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Why It Is Important To Treat It On Time?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory arthritis with a prevalence of 0.5-1% in India. It is characterized by joint pain and swelling associated with morning stiffness lasting for more than 30 minutes. It generally has a slow onset - over weeks to months, though the onset can be acute also. Most common joints involved are small joints of hands and feet. Larger joints like knee and shoulder can also be involved. The incidence of RA increases with age. It is twice more common in females than in males. Early treatment is necessary to bring down the inflammation, avoid joint deformities and prevent other complications (lung, heart, vasculitis). 

CAUSE: 

Predisposition to RA is multifactorial. It has a genetic component (family history of RA increases the risk). Environmental factors like smoking also play a role. 

SYMPTOMS: 

Initial symptoms start with fatigue, malaise, generalised bodyaches, low-grade fever. The onset is generally slow and eventually patient develops joint pain and swelling. Though the joint involvement is symmetrical in most cases, asymmetric onset is common (involving joints predominantly on one side). 

DIAGNOSIS: 

Diagnosis is made by a physician after detailed history, clinical examination and supportive lab tests. Rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibody are positive in 75-80% patients with RA. They have raised inflammatory markers (ESR, CRP) during active inflammation. 

TREATMENT:

RA treatment options are wide and quite effective. It starts with patient education regarding nature of the disease and the risk of complications. The need of early aggressive therapy should be emphasized. The patient should put in efforts for physiotherapy which play a very important role in muscle strength and joint mobility. Pharmacotherapy options are wide and include disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS). These can be conventional DMARDS like methotrexate (usually the first line drug), sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, leflunomide. Failure to adequately respond to these drugs should lead your Rheumatologist to consider Biologic DMARDS (TNF antagonists, Rituximab, Abatacept, Tocilizumab). Your Rheumatologist is the best person to guide you about dose, indications, monitoring and side effects of the drugs used in RA. Treatment duration depends on patient's response but is generally long (5-10 years or lifelong). 

COMPLICATIONS BEYOND JOINTS: 

RA patients can have rheumatoid nodules in skin, lungs, heart and other sites. These patients are at risk of accelerated bone loss, so calcium and vitamin D intake should be optimized. Eye complications include dryness, redness (scleritis and episcleritis) and certain eye threatening complications. Lung involvement can be seen in various forms (fluid in lungs, nodules, interstitial lung disease). 

These patients are at high risk of atherosclerosis (heart and blood vessel disease). They also have a tendency to have frequent infections. 

NEED OF THE HOUR: 

All patients with joint pains should be seen early by Rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. With so many treatment options, no patient should suffer from joint deformities and other complications associated with long standing, untreated RA. LEAD A HEALTHY LIFE! If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a rheumatologist.

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Hi sir. I am an Arthritis patient suffering from the last 10 years. I was affected at an age of 14. Initially pains were so severe and gradually they were decreased. At present I was taking (once in a day): Aceclo Mr. Prednisolone 5 mg Rabi DSR. If I stop taking any medicine, immediately on the next day my condition is becoming worse with fever and severe pains. Please suggest me whether there is any permanent cure for this. With Regards, Harsha vardhan G.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Hi sir. I am an Arthritis patient suffering from the last 10 years. I was affected at an age of 14. Initially pains w...
Hello. If you have arthritis since childhood, it would be Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia). It needs to be treated with same drugs as for adult arthritis. You are doing wrong by taking steroids for prolonged periods without any other disease modifying drug. Steroids should be taken only as a bridge therapy till the effect of other potent arthritis drugs sets in. So see a Rheumatologist urgently and take proper medicines.
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Sir, I am a shuttle badminton player. Since few days my knee paining. When I bend the leg and sit in squat position I could not walk properly. I could not even jerk or stretch my left leg. No problem with right leg. Pls solve my problem. Thank you sir/ madam.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Sir, I am a shuttle badminton player. Since few days my knee paining. When I bend the leg and sit in squat position I...
Since you are a badminton player, your symptoms could be due to ligament injury. You would require an MRI to ascertain that. But first of all get yourself examined by either a Rheumatologist or an orthopedician.
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Case of rheumatoid arthritis since 2010. ANA (antinuclear antibody) result: POSITIVE. Doctors diagnosed as Sjogren's syndrome. Taking Zempred-4 mg and HCQS-300 mg daily one. Is there any side effects with above? Is there any fear/danger with sjogren syndrome? I am so thankful if you explain in detail?

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Case of rheumatoid arthritis since 2010. ANA (antinuclear antibody) result: POSITIVE. Doctors diagnosed as Sjogren's ...
Hello Lybrate User. Sjogren's syndrome is characterised by abnormal functioning of exocrine glands leading to dryness of eyes and mouth. It can be primary sjogren's or secondary (secondary to other connective tissue disorder like RA, SLE, Systemic sclerosis). Just a positive ANA does not confirm sjogren's. ANA can be positive in 30% patients of RA itself. Type of ANA pattern would be relevant. Primary sjogren's have antibodies to Ro and La in 30-50% cases. Sjogren's diagnosis would require other objective signs like positive shirmer's test (dry eyes), ocular staining, positive minor salivary gland biopsy. Now your query about side effects of prescribed medicines. Steroids (zempred) in long term can cause bone weakness (osteoporosis ), diabetes, hypertension, peptic ulcer disease, cataract etc. But it needs to be given if indicated with bone and GI protection. Surely take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Hydroxychloroquine can cause retinal and corneal deposits in eye. You should always get a baseline fundus (eye) examination done when starting this drug, and if normal then every 5 years. Sjogren's can have multiple extraglandular symptoms including fatigue, raynauds, neuropathy, lung inbolvement, arthritis, heart involvement. You should follow up with your rheumatologist regularly.
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Sciatic pain, pain in knees and back and sever pain in legs. Wat to do? Please suggest medicine for complete cure.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Sciatic pain, pain in knees and back and sever pain in legs. Wat to do? Please suggest medicine for complete cure.
You would require a detailed physical examination and thereafter investigations. Cause of knee pain need to be assessed by a rheumatologist. Sciatic pain can radiate to back of thighs and legs. But diagnosis of sciatica also needs to be confirmed by a doctor.
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My mother was treated for bilateral pulmonary embolism and during post discharge regular intake of warfarin for 6 months suggested. She is diabetic and also bedridden due to minor compression fracture in backbone as well as two minor cracks on pelvic bone. Due to warfarin intake blood in urine observed followed by urine infection further requiring intensive care on hospitalization. Is there any proven substitute for warfarin either in ayurveda or else homeopathy?

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
My mother was treated for bilateral pulmonary embolism and during post discharge regular intake of warfarin for 6 mon...
Your mother has multiple problems. 1. Pulmonary embolism, for which she needs to take anticoagulants. There are substitute drugs available (if she is having problems with warfarin). These drugs are either in injectable form (low molecular weight heparin injections) or tablets (newer anticoagulants). The safety profile of these drugs is better than warfarin and the do not need strict monitering like warfarin does. 2. Backbone compression and pelvic bone cracks could be due to osteoporosis (weak bones, sply in females after menopause). Osteoporosis in itself needs treatment (calcium, vit D and specific drugs). So discuss with your doctor in detail about osteoporosis, and secondary prevention of thrombosis (blood clotting and embolism).
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I was diagnosed for Rheumatoid Factor and the resulted value is 2.0. What does it mean. I underwent MRI AND Dexa-Bone Spine and Femur study as well. Reports are still pending. In past also I underwent MRI and found having issues in L4 and L5. I am having severe nervous pain and swelling in hands and legs from last 14-15 years and sometimes the pain is unbearable I took numerous medication from various specialist across the Nation but still no cure. All other reports seems ok apart from R factor. I will update once MRI AND DEXA-Bone reports are out. FYI, most of the specialist prescribed either sleeping pills or steroid. Sure, that will ease pain but its not a cure. Kindly help. Thanks.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
I was diagnosed for Rheumatoid Factor and the resulted value is 2.0. What does it mean.
I underwent MRI AND Dexa-Bone...
Rheumatoid factor value of 2 is negative. But if you have swelling and pain of hand joints then you need to meet a Rheumatologist specifically to define what type of arthritis it is. There are other tests that can help in making diagnosis. RF can be negative in 20% patients of RA. WHETHER YOU HAVE SWELLING OF JOINTS OR GENERALISED SWELLING NEEDS TO BE ASSESSED BY PHYSICAL EXAMINATION BY A RHEUMATOLOGIST.
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Fibromyalgia - 6 Main Symptoms!

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Fibromyalgia - 6 Main Symptoms!

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by chronic widespread body pains and increased responsiveness to pressure. Women are at a higher risk of suffering from this disorder than men. Fibromyalgia can be treated with physiotherapy, pharmacotherapy and combined efforts of physician and the patient.

Some of the symptoms that characterize this disorder are:

  1. Pain: Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain that has no apparent reason. It can affect different parts of the body and presents itself in different ways. Some people may experience a stabbing pain while others complain of a persistent dull ache. This pain may be affected by climate changes or stressful situations. There is reduced threshold to pain, because of certain chemical ( neurotransmitters) abnormalities in brain. Pain is generalized, felt above and below the waist, right and left-side of body, arms, legs, neck and back. 
  2. Abnormal Sensitivity: Fibromyalgia patients are extremely sensitive to environmental changes that involve sight, sound and smell. For example, cigarette smoke can make a fibromyalgia patient extremely nauseous while loud music can give the person an instant headache. Lights that are brighter than normal can also make such a person feel uncomfortable. Patients have an abnormal sensitivity to pain, which leads to generalized aching of the body and tender points. 
  3. Muscle & Joint Stiffness: Fibromyalgia patients often experience stiff muscles and joints without any form of strenuous activity or other reason. This may be localised to one group of muscles or affect the whole body. For some patients, this pain is worse in the morning or when sitting for extended periods of time. However, moving around does not provide any significant relief.
  4. Chronic Fatigue and Exhaustion: There are two main reasons for a Fibromyalgia patient to complain of tiredness. Firstly, the condition itself drains a person of energy even without overexerting themselves. Secondly, the pain and joint stiffness can hamper a person’s sleep and lead to sleep deprivation. Over time, this can become a vicious cycle of tiredness and insomnia. Chronic fatigue also affects a person’s immune system causing his or her energy levels to drop.
  5. Cognitive Impairments: Fibromyalgia patients also complain of a compromised short term memory. They often face difficulties recalling names of people they have recently met or other newly acquired information. These people may also have trouble concentrating on tasks for extended periods of time and experience mental sluggishness also known as fibro-fog.
  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Bowel disturbance is another common symptom of this disease. Passing stool may become difficult due to a combination of pain and muscle stiffness. With time, this problem can worsen unless addressed with laxatives. However, an over-dependence on laxatives can lead to further problems.
    Apart from pain, patient experiences unrefreshing sleep and fatigue throughout the day. Other associated features can be depression, abdominal cramps, chest pain, tingling. 

    Lab Tests: Fibromyalgia is a clinical diagnosis. There are no definite laboratory tests. In fact, most conducted tests will turn out to be normal.  

    Treatment: Foremost important is an education of patient and caregivers, regarding nature of the disease. The patient needs to indulge in recreational activities and undergo supervised physiotherapy. There are potent medicines to correct the chemical imbalance in the body thereby increasing the pain threshold and leading to better quality of life. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a rheumatologist and ask a free question.
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My left knee is paining. I had a fall frm bike 1.5 years back. Now it pains wen m either sitting on ground or on chair. Wen I straighten it makes take sound. It used to pain alot especially in the evenings. Den I started wid vitamin d3 tablets and its considerably fine. Bt still pains.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
My left knee is paining. I had a fall frm bike 1.5 years back. Now it pains wen m either sitting on ground or on chai...
Pain in your knee could be due to an injured ligament. Joint pains are not related to vitamin D deficiency. If the pain is severe, get MRI of knee done to assess the underlying problem.
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Hi sir/ mam. I am 43 years and suffering with knee pain, doctor advised some pain killer and refer for physiotherapy. Can I go for walk in the morning, and what precautions should I take till the quadriceps strengthen?

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Hi sir/ mam. I am 43 years and suffering with knee pain, doctor advised some pain killer and refer for physiotherapy....
Yes definitely you can go for walk. Quadriceps exercises are must. Be as much physically active as possible. Avoid squatting on floor as that would cause increased pain.
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Hi I have recently done with acl reconstruction surgery of my right knee. Its almost more than 2 months ago. I am taking cartigen; calcium k2 & citravite medicines as prescribed by doctor. So can I take calcium & glucosamine & daily tablets of anyway nutrilite instead of that tablets. Or can you suggest any product of amway nutrilite.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
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I have recently done with acl reconstruction surgery of my right knee. Its almost more than 2 months ago. I am tak...
Medicines can not be prescribed on this forum. But you can take any calcium as long the elemental calcium strength is 500 mg in the brand.
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I have done with ACL KNEE Reconstruction right leg surgery on 15oct 2016. Now everything is ok. But still I have some problem in walk. Still I dint got strength. What should I do. I do regular exercise.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
I have done with ACL KNEE Reconstruction right leg surgery on 15oct 2016.
Now everything is ok. But still I have some...
Be patient. It takes 3-6 months for recovery. Keep doing physiotherapy. That will help you the most in building muscle mass and speedy recovery.
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Sir my Mri findings ,right knee-mild medical degeneration in post horn of Med meniscus, grade 1 chondromalacia patella, mild quadriceps tendinitis Left knee-mild medical degeneration in ant and post horn medial meniscus, subtle quadriceps and patellar tendinitis ,grade 1 chondromalacia patella. Finished 7 days of oral medication ,what is my prognosis .the scan was taken 14 days after.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Sir my Mri findings ,right knee-mild medical degeneration in post horn of Med meniscus, grade 1 chondromalacia patell...
Prognosis is good. Do not worry. There is slight meniscus and tendon inflammation. Chondromalacia patellae means undersurface of patella (knee cap) is inflamed. Just take anti inflammatory medicines, do ice fomentation (3 times per day). It will take 4-6 weeks for inflammation to subside.
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Hi doctors, im having severe pain in both my knees and sometimes its on the right, left and both and ive been to the doctor but they just prescribed pain killers and it doesn't really help, how can I help to ease the pain and any idea if it could be arthritis? Because its genetic and im 20. Also, what should I eat/drink and avoid, thank you.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Hi doctors, im having severe pain in both my knees and sometimes its on the right, left and both and ive been to the ...
Please see a Rheumatologist personally. One needs to examine your knee joints and see if there are any signs of inflammation (like swelling, tenderness). Deatiled history regarding other joints involvement would also be of help.
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Not able to see towards my right side. And also not able to twist my neck. Its somehow locked from one side. Its painful while turning my neck. This problem raised when I woke up in the morning. Day is almost FINISHED but no rest. What should I do. Please give me home remedies.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Not able to see towards my right side. And also not able to twist my neck. Its somehow locked from one side. Its pain...
If this is so sudden onset, you probably had an acute muscle spasm. See a doctor, take pain killers and muscle relaxant. It will be better in 2-3 days.
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I am 39 years old and I have a pain on the left side of my neck from last 2-3 days. Last night I used the vicksvaporub on my neck, but I can't find any improvement. Can you pls suggest me some drugs or a medicine. Reply me as soon as possible.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
I am 39 years old and I have a pain on the left side of my neck from last 2-3 days. Last night I used the vicksvaporu...
Your symptoms are suggestive of muscular sprain. Hot fomentation will help. Avoid excess neck movements.
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Ok thanks madam but I want ask due excess of uric acid it can affect body pain, joint pain, burning feet etc?

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
Ok thanks madam but I want ask due excess of uric acid it can affect body pain, joint pain, burning feet etc?
Uric acid excess can cause joint pains with swelling. But it does not cause generalised body aches, burning etc.
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My knee pain and near knee sound comes like chat kat this type of sound what I do and I eat calcium tab also no different.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Delhi
My knee pain and near knee sound comes like chat kat this type of sound what I do and I eat calcium tab also no diffe...
Dont worry about the sounds coming from knees. They are normal. If you do not have knee pain or swelling, just be relaxed.
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