I was just realizing we have developed a new language called PsAese. So what I need is everybody to jot down every abreviation etc that they have ever used espcially meds and symptoms

here's two

MTX = methotrexate

DDD = degenerative Disc Disease

We building a glossarry for the newbies section (and oldies section from those of us suffering from the occasional BF (brain fart)

Flare = a period of time when disease symptoms are particularly bad
SSZ = sulfasalazine, a DMARD
DMARD = Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug
NSAID = Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug
Burst = a short course of steroids (such as prednisone)
Taper = a longer course of steroids (such as prednisone), with a period of days or weeks when the dosage is gradually lowered
DIP joints = Distal InterPhalangeal Joints – the joints at the pointy end of your fingers
Dactylitis = swelling and inflammation of a single finger or toe, aka sausage finger / toe

OTC over the counter great idea by the way!

AS (ankylosing spondylitis, of course) comes up a lot.

ACR- American College of Rheumatology

Is NSAID necessary to define?

Entheses, and enthesitis, while not abbreviations or acronyms, are unfamiliar terms.


SQ and IM when discussing injectable drugs.

Couldn't see the others when I posted mine- excuse the repetition.

If DIP goes in, may as well add PIP and MCP too.

PCP: Primary Care Provider

GP: General practitioner

PT: Physical Therapy

OT: Occupational Therapy

The NIH: National Institutes of Health

I don't think anything is off limits as far as information. I have seen questions about what an NSAID is.

Fubar: fouled up beyond all repair (bet you thought I was gonna use the other f word)

I did indeed.

tntlamb said:

Fubar: fouled up beyond all repair (bet you thought I was gonna use the other f word)

PPI: Proton pump inhibitor for use with ibuprofen. Reduces risk of GI bleed and all that fun stuff.

SI joints.

CRP: C-Reactive Protein

ESR: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate or sed rate

Other blood tests, too: A1C, RF, HLA-B27, CMP, CBC, ANA.

How about some sort of chart or reference for the vertabrae: how many Cs are there? Is L-2 at or below the waist?

Also, in another post I see a preliminary article about biologics. It would be great to cross-refer the generic and trade names, i.e. Enbrel/etanercept, Humira/adalimumab. Info on which are in which classes would be nice, too- which are the TNF blockers, which target B cells, which are in each of the family groups.

PCP - Primary Care Physician
GP - General Practitioner
PT - Physical Therapy
ADL - Activities of Daily Living
CTS - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
NSAIDs - Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
OTC - Over The Counter

EMG - ElectroMyoGram
NCS - Nerve Conduction Study
MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imagining
DIP - Distal InterPhalangeal (joint)
MCP - MetaCarpoPhalangeal (joint)