Vidscriptions on Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Basics

Vidscriptions on Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Basics


By Dr Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist

I managed to get some time last weekend to record these videos on Rheumatoid Arthritis. Thanks to my patient wife for helping film using my iPhone 5 and a green screen, microphone & tripod  set-up courtesy of

Visit to search health topics and watch short, single-topic videos by doctors.

For our clinic, I’m attempting to record series of short videos answering what we believe will be common questions patients will have.

After receiving a diagnosis or during important time points in the disease management, for example, when we are discussing significant new medications, our rheumatology care coordinator will email patients links to these vidscriptions.

We don’t plan for these to replace the discussion & education that takes place face-to-face, but these vidscriptions will reiterate and remind.

What do you think?

Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health. You should follow him on twitter here.
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  • John Brownlee

    Dr. Lim, These are really great. We love how innovative you
    are in how you engage and activate patients through these efforts.
    Thank you for working with us, and we’re really glad to be working
    with you! John (CEO,

    • Dr Irwin Lim

      Welcome to the blog, John. I hope my patients find the vidscriptions useful. I have a whole range of topics I would like to cover over time.

  • Kerry Keys

    I’m hoping I can get some advice. I have been saying I’ve got RA, but my Rheumy said that I’ve got arthritis from Crohn’s. I don’t understand the difference. Firstly, my IBD is in remission yet my arthritis isn’t and secondly I have joint deviation. I’m on a biologic but still have daily pain and stiffness. What’s the difference between RA and Crohn’s arthritis?

    • Dr Irwin Lim

      Hi Kerry, it sounds like you are being treated for IBD-related arthritis. This falls under the Seronegative Spondyloarthritis group of diseases (other related diseases include Psoriatic Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis). Features, immune profile and responses to medication can be quite different from classic rheumatoid arthritis.

      If you’re on a biologic, I’m assuming it’s a TNF-inhibitor. The response may not be complete and you may need other treatment, and this could range from analgesics, to better nutrition, to an appropriate conditioning exercise program.

      With Crohns-related arthritis, the activity of the peripheral joint arthritis (eg knee or wrist) often (but not always) correlates with the activity of the bowel disease. The activity of spinal disease often does not correlate with the activity of the bowel disease.

      Hope that helps.