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Working With PsA: Skilled Labor

Has anyone been able to continue working doing any form of skilled labor (plumbing, electrical, framing, etc.) after being diagnosed?

Has anyone had to change their line of work or profession?


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  • jktddychs22 author
    2 days ago

    Unfortunately my symptoms got worse when I stopped the prednisone for a few days and the fatigue and brain fog continues, the problem is that there’s no way to tell if those symptoms are from the illness or side effect from the Humira but pain and discomfort on my hands. hips, elbow, knees, ankles and feet continues, it varies from day to day but it hasn’t gone away. I wish you good luck.

  • Eileen B moderator
    2 days ago

    I hope you’ll discuss any new symptoms since you began Humira with your doctor, @jktddychs22? For what it’s worth, fatigue and brain fog are both discussed very often in our community, but I couldn’t say which medications (if any) people in those conversations were taking. All I know is, it’s awful! Sorry it’s dragging you down and impacting your work. 🙁

    Here’s an article about fatigue, So Exhausted — Managing Fatigue with PsA and our sister community recently published the overview, Brain Fog and RA – What Do Researchers Know?.

    Prednisone is often discussed on our forums; here’s one conversation but keep in mind everyone responds differently to different medications.

    Our contributor Leanne wrote about her love/hate relationship to steroids and the National Psoriasis Foundation has a helpful article on steroids.

    The good news is they’re studying it and looking for treatments, but relief can’t come soon enough, right? Don’t lose hope! -Eileen, Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team

  • jktddychs22 author
    2 days ago

    Eileen: the problem is that they aren’t new symptoms they all been there since the beginning but some like fatigue can also be side effects from humira or prednisone but since the symptoms haven’t gone away is hard to tell if it’s just adding to the previous one and/or if the stress is not letting the medication to work.

    As far as my job I have come to terms that knelling, crawling in attics, lifting water heaters, digging trenches, climbing ladders, carrying heavy materials and tools to job sites are no longer possible, the problem is what kind of job can I do from now on with the experience and level of education I have at my age and with the limitations that this illness brings, its just overwhelming dealing with all this alone, but I do appreciate the input.

  • jamesthemod
    2 weeks ago

    Hi, I work as a chef and have had to go part time due to PsA. I am now finding it very difficult to even do that, going to finish up soon as its causing me to much stress and pain having constant flare ups it is not worth the hassle, I go home to my bed, not much fun to be honest.
    James

  • Kerry
    3 weeks ago

    Hi, I still work full time. But not in a physical job like you are doing. I can see how this would be hard to do. The pain is really bad at times. Are you taking medication for your PsA?

  • jktddychs22 author
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Kerry, unfortunately I had to quit my job the arthritis has been hard to manage I think I also have Fibromyalgia and Enthesitis on my ankles, in the meantime I’m in my third dose of Humira but the fatigue and lack of concentration are not helping. I’ve been trying to find a job that will allows me to work with my condition but it’s been hard is like been on a constant flare, I tried to go back to work two weeks ago and only lasted a five days before I had to rest for a week. Thank you for responding.

  • Kerry
    3 days ago

    I am so sorry to hear you are having a flare, that is the worse thing ever. Has the Humira kicked in yet? That medication was a life changer for me. I am having some side effects though but nothing too crazy. I sure hope your Dr.s get you at a point where you can enjoy life again.

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