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Eagles Founder Glenn Frey Suffered From Several Rheumatological Conditions Prior to His Death

Following the death of Glenn Frey, the founding member of legendary rock group The Eagles, it was revealed that the musician was suffering from pneumonia, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis (also known as inflammatory bowel arthritis or Chron’s disease), both autoimmune disorders that result when the body’s immune cells mistakenly attack healthy cells, tissue, and organs in the body. “While rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis are both treatable and manageable conditions on their own, extreme cases like that of the late Glenn Frey, where the immune system is already overtaxed, can lead to serious complications,” said Dr. Susan Baker, a board-certified rheumatologist in Beverly Hills.

While the treatment that Frey was receiving to manage his condition is unclear, the typical treatment option for rheumatoid and inflammatory bowel arthritis is anti-inflammatory medication and immuno-suppressant drugs, which may have made the musician more susceptible to secondary infections like pneumonia.

What are the Symptoms?

Depending on the severity, rheumatoid arthritis can be a painful and debilitating disorder. While a direct cause of the condition remains unclear, the most common symptoms include :

“We work with our patients to find the best individual clinical treatment and lifestyle modification plan to help manage their symptoms, keep the immune system as healthy as possible, and to maintain the best quality of life possible with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders,” added Dr. Baker.

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Expert Rheumatologic Care in Beverly Hills

Dr. Susan Baker is board-certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology in Los Angeles. She has been providing exceptional and personalized care from her Beverly Hills facility since 2003. She is also a teacher and clinical instructor at Cedars Sinai Hospital and UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine, respectively.

Contact Dr. Baker Now

To learn more about Susan A. Baker MD, Rheumatology & Internal Medicine in Beverly Hills, please contact us online or call (310) 274-7770.

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