Episode 33 – Dr. Amanda Schnell

Dr. Amanda Schnell is a Rheumatologist who recently began practicing medicine. She has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and exercise science. She went on to study internal medicine and then specialized in rheumatology. She currently practices medicine in Alabama.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

Autoimmune disease – a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them. (www.healthline.com)

Schleroderma – a long-lasting disease that affects your skin, connective tissue, and internal organs. It happens when your immune system causes your body to make too much of the protein collagen, an important part of your skin. As a result, your skin gets thick and tight, and scars can form on your lungs and kidneys. (www.webmd.com)

Rheumatoid Arthritis – a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. (www.mayoclinic.org)

Lupus – a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. (www.mayoclinic.org)

Gout – a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It’s characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe. (www.mayoclinic.org)

Gangrene – a type of tissue death caused by a lack of blood supply. Symptoms may include a change in skin color to red or black, numbness, swelling, pain, skin breakdown, and coolness. The feet and hands are most commonly affected. If the gangrene is caused by an infectious agent it may present with a fever or sepsis. (wikipedia)

Uric Acid – a heterocyclic compound of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen with the formula C₅H₄N₄O₃. It forms ions and salts known as urates and acid urates, such as ammonium acid urate. Uric acid is a product of the metabolic breakdown of purine nucleotides, and it is a normal component of urine. (wikipedia)

Osteoporosis – a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. (www.nof.org)

Osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. (www.mayoclinic.org)

Autoimmune diseases present with a clear gender bias with a greater prevalence amongst women, occurring at a rate of 2 to 1. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7292717/)

Cortisone Shots – Cortisone shots are injections that can help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. (www.mayoclinic.org)

Hyaluronic acid injection is used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) in patients who have already been treated with pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen) and other treatments that did not work well. (www.mayoclinic.org)

Rooster Injections – For those patients looking for a “natural” treatment for knee pain that does not involve surgery, there is something called a Rooster Comb Injection. These are done in the office, and are derived from an actual rooster comb. The medication that is made from the rooster is called hyaluronic acid.

UAB – University of Alabama Birmingham

Genome – the haploid set of chromosomes in a gamete or microorganism, or in each cell of a multicellular organism.

“Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.” Book by Brené Brown.

“Rising Strong” book by Brené Brown.

“The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy” book by Jon Gordon.

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