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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..

posted August 21, 2019
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member

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 July 25, 2021
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member

I lived in Toronto for over 40 years & had a great rheumatologist who diagnosed me with psoriasis & psoriatic arthritis. My joints got sore quite quickly. I had both knees replaced and it was the best thing I ever had done. I moved to St Catharines in 2018 & had to find a new rheumatologist. I told him my history & the first thing he told me was that I did not have psoriatic arthritis. I never went back to see him. My family doctor is good & I had x-rays of both hips & now I will need a hip replacement maybe next year. It is also in my lower back. If you are not satisfied keep looking.

posted September 28
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member

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 July 13, 2021
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member

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 April 22, 2021
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member

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 April 22, 2021

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