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How Do You Know If You Have Psoriatic Arthritus?

How Do You Know If You Have Psoriatic Arthritus?

I am feeling sore in some of my finger joints, knees and on one foot. I bought some arthritus tylenol last year.So I guess I should try that.
I have an appt with a rhumatologist in November..

A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

You are so right. It's funny, my rheumatologist did see X-rays in my knee and it showed osteoarthritis. Other joints bothered me including my fingers etc. I started Humara after this and surprise, arthritis got significantly better. I definitely think I have PSA, especially because of my nail pitting. Hope the Humara continues to work because I have liver fibrosis and can't take a lot of pain meds. This is a process and not sure if I should stick with my rheumatologist. She see's me for my joints and dermatologist for my skin psoriasis. Dermatologist orders my Humara. Thank you for your advice.

posted 4 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

PSA can be a hard diagnosis to get. I have no skin disease, and no changes in my blood work. It all started with plantar faciitis and progressed to other joints. On radiography I have osteoarthritis. However, that does not mean you do not have PSA. Many times radiography does not show pathology. Your rheumatologist needs to listen well to your history, family history, physical exam, and think outside the box! For years I was treated like I was seeking drugs, told I had a chronic pain condition I would just have to live with, and i need to see a shrink. When I would say I see a shrink then I was told I need to change my psych drugs or change the dose!! Very frustrating! Be your best advocate!

posted 5 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

No , no answers. I asked for another rheumotologist appt. It's coming up in May.I was not offered Humira. I would be nervous to take it due to Covid.
Take care.

posted 7 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

Hi there, any updates on your diagnosis and treatment. I am the same boat. Rheumatologist says osteo but may also have some psoriatic as well. I also have pitting nails and plaque. Nervous about starting Humara injections but worry about permanent damage. Very confusing. Wish diagnosis was more clear cut. Good luck to you!

posted 7 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

Dec.8/20 My right knee has been bothering me lately.I got some xrays through my General Practictioner. She called today and said it's arthritus. When I went to the rheumatologist over a year ago, she said I did not have Psoriatic arthritus. I wondered about that since I have some pitted nails and stiffness. I don't think my GP knows much about Psoriactic arthritus. In this day & age it will be hard to see a specialist right now.. I am worried about permanent damage.
Any suggestions to help right now? I am using a tensor bandage, a cane and Voltarin.

posted 12 months ago
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