Below the surface, living with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) can mean days spent in pain, missed appointments, and alternate days when you seem fine. There's so much more to psoriatic arthritis than meets the eye. PsA comes with hundreds of possible combinations of symptoms, many of which appear invisible to outsiders. Most people don't see the many symptoms MyPsoriasisTeam members experience.
Perhaps those who see you recognize that you have mobility challenges. However, MyPsoriasisTeam members with PsA say they often experience such additional symptoms as joint pain, fatigue, itchy skin, morning stiffness, depression, brittle nails, muscle weakness, dry skin, reduced range of motion, and burning and swelling in the joints.
On MyPsoriasisTeam, the social network and online support group for people living with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, members discuss the chronic nature of the disease and its hidden symptoms. Throughout the year, we will share themes that we see come up time and time again among people living with PsA. We chose the image of an iceberg to represent psoriatic arthritis symptoms because the life-impacting implications of a PsA diagnosis aren't obvious on the surface. Please share to spread PsA awareness!
This list is by no means exhaustive. Which symptoms would you add?