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Mark Borigini, M.D.

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Mark Borigini is a doctor primarily located in Bethesda, MD, with another office in Downey, CA. He has 29 years of experience. His specialties include Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Pain Management and Osteoporosis.

Latest by Mark Borigini, M.D.

Man in pain with joints affected by severe rheumatoid arthritis.
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Do You Have Mild, Moderate, or Severe RA?

How different are the symptoms between mild, moderate, and severe RA - and how do you treat each type? Here's what you should know.

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Pros and Cons of Common RA Treatments

Learn the pros and cons of the most common treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis.

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When is it OK to Switch Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that has no cure. It is an autoimmune disorder, in which the patient’s own immune system attacks its own tissues. The goal is to quiet this attack, and put a halt to the inflammation. The approa...

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The Best Medication for Chronic Low Back Pain

Medications are the most frequently recommended treatment for low back pain. Research has shown that 80% of primary care patients with low back pain were prescribed at least one medication when seen by the primary care provider; more than one third w...

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For Now, Rheumatoid Arthritis Means Taking Medication For the Rest Of Your Life

The question invariably asked by every rheumatoid arthritis patient: Do I have to take these medications for the rest of my life? I do not know the answer to this question for any individual patient. But I do know that the answer, in general, is usua...

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Prescribing Narcotics: A Doctor's Point of View

It has been about ten years since the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched what some feel is a targeted war on drugs, the battleground being your Doctor’s office. The DEA feels there has continued to be a diversion of prescrip...

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When Satisfactory Biologics Are Not Enough: Satisfying Sex With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Autumn is here. Whether it is because we are cold, or we sense the never-ending cycle of life heading into its dormant period, it is not surprising we find ourselves reaching out toward that significant other. We hold that loved one and wish life to ...

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Medicinal Marijuana: The Myths, the Money, the Munchies

Marijuana has been used as a medical treatment for many centuries. We have been hearing more about so-called medicinal marijuana because of the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that essentially concluded that state laws permitting medicinal ...

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Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis With Chicken Collagen

A number of health websites have reported on the recent article in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, which studied chicken collagen as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Overall, among those who responded, in both the methotrexate group and th...

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Topical Pain Medications: Which Ones Do the Job?

In a prior entry, I discussed Voltaren Gel. But there are some other prescription topical agents worth talking about this fine morning. Again, these medications have the potential to help all sorts of patients, but they may be particularly useful in ...