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Do you pop your knuckles for relief?

So I have psoriatic arthritis (or so I’m told) and towards the end of the day after all of my pain medication has worn off, my hands and feet are always in horrible pain. One of the only ways to calm this pain is to pop my knuckles and pop my toes. As the pain gets worse and worse I can’t pop my knuckles anymore in my joints.

Does anybody else have PsA or rheumatoid arthritis or any other chronic pain disease have to constantly pop their joints to calm the pain? I find that I have to pop my fingers and toes almost every five minutes to provide relief.

If this doesn’t sound like psoriatic arthritis can somebody tell me what they have or if this is something else?

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  • Leanne Donaldson
    2 weeks ago

    Great question @rjn9724! I’m certainly not a doctor, although I plan to ask mine this very same question at my next visit in a couple of weeks. It doesn’t matter if it is my back, my fingers, or my toes- I pop them all the time just to get that moments release of the pressure and brief relief from the pain and stiffness.
    I have no idea if it is a good thing to do or not…? But if what I’ve been told since my childhood is correct, we likely shouldn’t be doing it. I gather from your question that you aren’t convinced that you have PsA? How long have you been popping those joints of yours? -Leanne, PsA Team Member

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