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PsA Diagnostic Question

PsA Diagnostic Question

I am a bit concerned that the dermatologist i am currently seeing did not request any bloodwork or imaging to confirm my diagnosis of PsA. I'm sure I have plaque psoriasis in various areas that could be determined visually but if anyone else could share a story of how the determination of Psoriatic Arthritis was achieved i think it would calm me a bit. I guess if it was me attempting to diagnose i would be overly critical and request tests to increase my chance of a successful diagnosis and in… read more

A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

My dermatologist-reumatologist did a visual of my joints, fingers, nails, ears & listened to my experiences to confirm my PsO - PsA

posted 8 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

I was diagnosed by a Rheumatologist. I did have a bit of plaque psoriasis and the doc took a detailed history and did a thorough physical exam of my joints and problem areas. They also did bloodwork to check sed rate and other factors that show whether inflammation is present in the body and to rule out Rheumatoid Arthritis. They did X-rays of hands feet knees and spine as well.
If your Doc is really familiar with P and PSA, chances are that he knows what to look for, although at some point you need to see a Rheumatologist and will need bloodwork done periodically along with other tests as necessary. Depending on treatment to make sure it’s working, to be sure you don’t have joint damage and to rule out other coexisting diseases…

posted 9 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

Same for me , my Rheumatologist did bloodwork but all of my labs sed rate etc came back normal, but she clinically confirmed it’s psoriatic arthritis as I have confirmed case of psoriasis( punch biopsy) done twice as first time it did not showed up, and second time it came back as eczemateous Psoriasis. She is prescribed Otezla, I am wary of it’s side effects.. but have no choice as it’s effects my left wrist and right hand fingers and toes, elbow pain

posted 4 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

Same for me as Dewi. I did get blood work and my sed factor was high so there was inflammation when I was first diagnosed.

posted 8 months ago
A MyPsoriasisTeam Member said:

Thank you very much for the added peace of mind :) I'll have to find a good one near me :)

posted 9 months ago
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