My rheumatologist says there is no test for psoriatic arthritis, so how do I find out if I have it?
It doesn't always show in blood tests, sero negative etc. But there are lots of symptoms , feet pain, tendonitis, lower back pain, fatigue . Google the symptoms and ask your doctor to refer you to a rheumatologist for diagnosis . X
That’s the gene I have in my blood which was the first clue then my symptoms and I had a few breakouts of psoriasis on my elbows. Rheumatoid was outruled.
It took a locum doctor to figure out what I had . He looked at my history and it was guess work but he was right . I use dovobet for my skin but it's so greasy and only works temporarily. I'm on tramadol,amitriptyline and anti inflammatory . This doesn't always work or help me my psoriasis has gone nuts now the only place I don't have it is my lower legs and face . I hate it .
My second Rheumatologist (10th overall Doctor to diagnose my symptoms) asked me a few pointed questions about my symptoms and family history of psoriasis (Note: I did not and still do not have psoriasis, but it is in my family). He then informed me that I had Psoriatic Arthritis. I was skeptical, and he told me we could be certain by doing a blood/genome test. Apparently there is a genetic marker for people who are predisposed to getting psoriatic arthritis. Not everyone who has this marker will get the psoriatic arthritis, but everyone who gets psoriatic arthritis has this marker. I can't remember exactly because it was over fifteen years ago. Unfortunately, that Doctor passed away so I cannot consult with him. Good luck. I pray for you that you do not have this curse.
They can tell with a blood test xx
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