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A PsA Quiz: Facing The Fear of Progression

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a progressive autoimmune disorder that can lead to permanent and debilitating joint damage. Increased fatigue, reduced range of motion, and new pain in new places are just a few potential symptoms of PsA progression. This type of progression is significantly daunting and can leave serious emotional and financial burdens on people with PsA.

Many of those living with psoriatic arthritis are afraid to face the reality of psoriatic arthritis progression.

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PsA progresses differently for every person. It can be scary to imagine how symptoms and side effects might change or intensify with time. Based on community conversation and insight from our 2021 In America Survey, progression can be an intimidating topic. Let's test your knowledge on what real patients are facing when it comes to psoriatic arthritis progression.

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Community Poll

Based on our 2021 In America Results, what percentage of PsA patients have some difficultly bending down to pick up clothing from the floor?

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While progression can appear in different ways, 61% of psoriatic arthritis patients reported difficulty dressing, tying shoelaces, and doing buttons.

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Mobility aids may be something needed as PsA progresses. 33% of PsA patients feel shame at using a mobility aid. What are the different types of mobility aids?

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How would you describe the overall perceived severity of your psoriatic arthritis? Do our survey results match?

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What are the top reported related conditions/comorbidities reported of those who live with PsA?

Diving deeper into PsA progression

PsA will progress differently for each person. Without appropriate treatment, the disease will worsen and affect more joints on both sides of the body. As the disease progresses, you will experience periodic flare-ups of disease symptoms.

Extended periods of inflammation may eventually cause bone erosion (loss of bone). Joint space may also begin to narrow, which will make it harder to move. In the small joints of the fingers and toes, it is possible to see clear joint damage. As the disease progresses, PsA can start to impact your daily life and cause severe fatigue and debilitating skin symptoms. In addition, PsA is associated with a number of complications all related to inflammation.1

What else do real patients have to say?

There is no one who understands the impact of treatment fatigue just like those who have been through it. This statement holds true for our very own advocates here at Psoriatic-Arthritis.com. Diane writes about her own experience with progression and what she has learned to buy more time for her bones. Joel shares his own fears about psoriatic arthritis progression, comparing his pain to a whack-a-mole game. Progression looks different for everyone so Leanne breaks down the variations of PsA.

The results are in!

Whether you're an expert in psoriatic arthritis or not, the idea of progression is something that cannot be avoided or ignored. Tracking your ongoing symptoms and conducting your own research will you more comfortable with facing what needs to be faced. There is a lot of bravery that comes with living with chronic pain, facing progression is no different.

Looking to take your PsA knowledge to the next level? Take on our additional quizzes:

Difficult conversations are just that, difficult. If you have lived with psoriatic arthritis for 1 year or 5 years, disease progression should be considered and discussed within your PsA journey. It's important you feel comfortable consulting with your doctor to develop a treatment strategy that works for you. Find some validation and assurance by joining our online community!

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