Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs in some patients with psoriasis. This particular arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and symptoms vary from person to person. Research has shown that persistent inflammation from psoriatic arthritis can lead to joint damage. Fortunately, available treatments for are effective for most people.
Psoriatic arthritis usually appears in people between the ages of 30 to 50, but can begin as early as childhood. Men and women are equally at risk. Children with psoriatic arthritis are also at risk to develop uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye). Approximately 15% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. At times, the arthritis can appear before the skin disorder.
- Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic arthritis. In some people, it is mild, with just occasional flare ups. In other people, it is continuous and can cause joint damage if it is not treated. Early diagnosis is important to avoid damage to joints.
- Psoriatic arthritis typically occurs in people with skin psoriasis, but it can occur in people without skin psoriasis, particularly in those who have relatives with psoriasis.
- Psoriatic arthritis typically affects the large joints, especially those of the lower extremities, distal joints of the fingers and toes, and also can affect the back and sacroiliac joints of the pelvis.
- For most people, appropriate treatments will relieve pain, protect the joints, and maintain mobility. Physical activity helps maintain joint movement.
|Psoriatic arthritis is a very painful disease that I’m battling right now, the aches and pain that comes with it is very frustrating especially when your trying to sleep or do something threw out the day. It affects the way you cook , clean, exercise and physical activities as well as your daily life. This disease has change me as a person and to take more care of my body. Since my bones and muscles are not the same anymore. I had been on so many medications and so far it hasn’t help. But I just started Stelara and it’s too soon to tell but I’m still feeling pain and tiredness and no sleep. Hopefully someday it could be control and just stick to one medication.|
+ swollen, tender joints on one or both sides of your body
+ morning stiffness
+ swollen fingers and toes
+ painful muscles and tendons
+ scaly skin patches, which may get worse when joint pain flares up
+ flaky scalp
+ nail pitting
+ separation of your nail from the nail bed
+ eye redness
+ eye pain (uveitis)
+ Primary Care Physician
+ ANA Test
+ Iron Level/along with Vitamin B & D
+ Treating psoriatic arthritis varies depending on the level of pain, swelling and stiffness. Those with very mild arthritis may require treatment only when their joints are painful and may stop therapy when they feel better. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) are used as initial treatment.
If the arthritis does not respond, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs may be prescribed. These include sulfasalazine (Azulfidine),
methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall,
Otrexup, Rasuvo), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, Gengraf), and leflunomide. Sometimes combinations of these drugs may be used together.
STELARA, Humira, Cimzia, Xeljanz, Enbrel as well as vitamin D and vitamin B
METHODS OF HEALING
|Physical therapy, taking hot baths or showers, applying some icy hot and massages. Relaxing is good for the body and mind|
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