Since my childhood, I have always been fascinated by the power of musculoskeletal system and the amazing things it can do. As a current long distance runner and former competitive figure skater and dancer, I have become fascinated by the interplay of bones and joints with ligaments and tendons.
I had a few other poignant experiences during my medical journey, which led me to the field of rheumatology. During my second year of medical school, I met a girl who had complained of several months of joint pain and swelling, fatigue, weight loss, hair loss, and a rash. She came to me one day and told me that she had been diagnosed with lupus (SLE). At that point in medical school, I had never heard of this disease and I believed that arthritis only affected older patients and only involved the joints. I later learned that this was a myth. She never fully understood the extent of her disease. She was not aware of the co-morbidities, such as early heart disease, lung disease, or kidney damage, that can occur with SLE and other rheumatologic conditions if early and aggressive treatment is not taken to control the disease activity. Several months after her diagnosis, I received the sad news that she had passed away from complications of her disease.
I also watched my best friend’s father who is a physician battle with moderate to severe psoriatic arthritis. He had to temporarily walk away from his medical practice for several years until his joint pain, stiffness and physical function improved after receiving treatment. During my years as a rheumatologist, I’ve seen many more patients who have touched my heart and left the same imprint on my mind. I see some patients struggle with daily common activities like brushing their teeth, combing their hair, or walking a block due to their arthritis. Arthritis and other musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases can affect one’s physical and emotional functioning. My goal is to encourage individuals to take an active role in their disease management by first educating themselves about their condition. I also encourage all individuals living with arthritis or autoimmune diseases to engage in a healthy lifestyle such as exercising, watching their caloric intake and being aggressive about their treatment plan and follow up care.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Cadet, please feel free to email or call one of our offices for a consultation. She would be more than happy to discuss your condition and treatment options for an individualized treatment plan. www.OsteoCenterNY.com