Tracking Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms: Why Is It Important?
Many aspects of psoriatic disease are outside of your control. You may experience flare-ups when symptoms worsen and periods when the symptoms are relatively mild. To better manage your condition, your rheumatologist may ask that you keep careful track of your flare-ups.
In this article, we share common psoriatic arthritis triggers and offer a free downloadable symptom tracker that can help you look for patterns in your PsA care.
Do you currently track your PsA symptoms?
It starts with understanding triggers
One of the easiest ways to take control of your condition and manage your psoriatic arthritis symptoms is by tracking what triggers them. Not only does it empower you as a patient, but it is also a practical way to manage those symptoms on a daily basis.
Which of the following do you find helpful when tracking PsA symptoms?
Find ways to track your PsA symptoms!
By recording the changes on your body, you will be able to track patterns and see exactly how much the skin is affected by flares. Keep at it each week, and make notes about events such as doctor visits and new treatment to see patterns over time.
We invite you to download this symptom tracker and implement symptom tracking into your daily or weekly treatment plan. Feel free to use reuse this tracker multiple times and share your findings at your next doctor visit.
Fitting symptom tracking within your lifestyle
In addition to our symptom tracker, there are many other ways you can keep on top of triggers and symptoms, including phone apps, keeping a photo record on your phone, or using a good old-fashioned journal to document flare-ups. Whichever method you use, make sure you keep external factors in mind as well, including mood, diet, medicines, and weather.
The most important part of keeping symptoms in check is finding a method that works for you.
When it comes to tracking symptoms, what do you think is the most important?
Do you regularly track your psoriatic arthritis symptoms?