Psoariatic Arthritis Ended My Career
I was diagnosed with scalp psoriasis after a life of “shock & stress” when I was 30. Just a nuisance thing controlled by shampoo & cream.
In August 2017, working as a nurse, I contracted Influenza A (with strep throat) & was quite unwell. Then that following December, my back was causing pain & I had pain in the groin while walking. The x-ray didn’t show much.
It started with a visit to the hospital
On the 14th of December, I woke with excruciating pain all over my body. I had to take an ambulance to the hospital. Diagnosis “sciatica” (oh, and weight loss would be good! - here, try Endone!).
A few days later, more agonizing pain again. Ambulance to the hospital again. The doctor thinks an MRI would be helpful for diagnosis. I got an urgent MRI of my back & hip two days later. MRI revealed severe arthritis with hip joint bone on bone! I was shocked!
Finally, a diagnosis
When I finally saw a rheumatologist in March, I was diagnosed psoriatic arthritis. The condition has progressed in hands, feet & other joints now. Finally under medications to control it but had to resign from work, due to too much pain. I had my first hip replacement in September 2018 with my second hip in February 2020.
Can you exercise with your PsA symptoms?