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The Effects of Psoriatic Arthritis

The Effects of Psoriatic Arthritis

It took me 25 years to get the proper treatment for psoriatic arthritis. This is a form of arthritis that affects people diagnosed with the skin disorder psoriasis also. People with psoriasis experience flare-ups of red, patchy skin or skin lesions. 15% of people with psoriasis develop arthritis. There are some cases where you get the arthritis before you get the psoriasis. There is no cure yet.

Joint inflammation

My psoriatic arthritis has started affecting different parts of me. I have my good days and my bad days. As I have gotten older, I am having more bad days. I am experiencing a lot of inflammation in my joints, which causes stiffness, swelling, and joint pain. In the past few years, I have developed inflammation in the knees making it harder to walk.

I have had to have tests like a MRI, CT scans, and X-rays to see where the arthritis is in my body. My fingers and toes have been swelling for years, which sometimes can cause soreness and be very painful. I have started doing some light exercise to keep the joints flexible. Walking has help me a lot.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is also another effect of psoriatic arthritis. You can itch and flake like crazy. A skin biopsy can be used to confirm the diagnosis of psoriasis. I have had 6. Psoriasis can be mild, or it can be severe enough to impact quality of life. Symptoms may flare up periodically, and then go into remission.

Impaired vision

Research has shown now that psoriasis can also lead to vision problems. Inflammatory lesions such as conjunctivitis are the most likely side effect. In very rare cases, psoriasis causes a loss of vision.

Longterm damage

As your psoriatic arthritis gets worse the damaged cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other. This just started happening to me. My rheumatologist told me to do moderate exercise to keep muscles strong. If I feel this is not enough that I needed to join an exercise program.

As we know psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition. Your immune system is designed to protect you from viruses and bacteria. Sometimes, the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In the case of psoriatic arthritis, the attack can include the joints. Psoriatic arthritis is a lifelong condition, but you may experience periodic attacks followed by remission.

Emotional effects

This disease causes us pain and discomfort, but it can cause emotional pain as well. Some people with psoriatic arthritis may be prone to moodiness. We have all felt embarrassed, have low self-esteem, and depression, especially among those who have not found a way to manage the disease effectively or newly diagnosed people. I would suggest joining a support group or get counseling.

When we have psoriatic arthritis we get very tired and fatigued. Over the years I have developed high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. I just want to say that I think that us with this chronic illness need to make healthy lifestyle choices that will promote overall good health and well-being. A healthy diet, regular moderate exercise, and a good night’s sleep go a long way towards helping you reach that goal. I have started doing this, but I have a long ways to go.

Over the years I have been an active advocate for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, speaking up and out about this disease.

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Comments

  • bubu
    1 year ago

    Thank you for your research and valued experience. I wanted to mention those suffering from dry skin and psoriasis that Eucerin in a jar helps my plaques. I like to use after warm showers/baths. I’ve had peers use white high top sox and like for feet, legs, arms too.

  • Diane T author
    1 year ago

    I have had psoriasis for 55 years and have used Eucerin in the past. I have 3 grand kids with excema and they all used it too. Thanks for sharing this information.

  • Koffegurl
    2 years ago

    Wow, this could almost be MY story. I’ve had psoriasis for 43 years, PsA for 35 years. I started biologics in 2008. Not only are my joints involved, but my tendons too. I’ve had 6 tendon procedures since Feb of 2015, and am in need of several more at this time. Inactivity is not good for me. For 28 years i was in the medical field…read as desk job. When I got out from behind a desk 14 years ago, my knee pain improved so much it seemed like a miracle. Enbrel stopped working after about 5 years, and I’ve not found any other biologics that have worked since then. I start Otezla in a couple of weeks.

  • Diane T author
    2 years ago

    Yes, our stories are the same. I have been on several biologics over the past 12 years or so; Rativa, Amevive, Humira, Enbrel and now Stelera which has stop working for me. I also have a desk job and at times I can’t get up. I don’t know what my next step for me is. Good luck on Otezla and keep in touch.

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