My Story Psoriatic Arthritis Pain

I have been dealing with psoriatic arthritis for over 5 years. I had never even heard of psoriasis until I was diagnosed at age 23 It was hard for me to believe that I had somehow developed an autoimmune disease and there was no cure; then the joint pain started not knowing much of psoriatic arthritis; I ignored the pain thinking it was just my body being sore from over working. Until I went to a psoriasis forum and they were talking about joint pain. I was answering yes to all the symptoms of psoriatic pain. I was put on Humira and I then magically felt better the pain was gone and I could walk without feeling pain. Humira worked well for me for over 4 years until recently I was having more pains in between my injections. activities like changing were becoming painful.
I was then informed by my RA doctor that Humira was no longer working. I had to be put on a new medication. While I wanted for the orders to go through I again slowly started to experience more and more pain each day. I hadn’t experienced this amount of pain in a long time. I didn’t know my body could attack me the way it has been. It started with one swollen finger and then more swollen fingers and then it started attacking my legs; until it was hard to walk without feeling like screaming my lungs out. I lay at night and somedays I can feel the attack happening with in; from stabbing pain jumping from my legs, neck, and back until I fall asleep but walk up in the middle of the night with the same attack.

Today I start a new medication I have never been so excited to go to the doctor and hopefully get some relief after months of not feeling like myself. I am hopeful I can get some relief.

Am sure others have felt this way. I hope one day I can get a good night sleep with feeling pain and waking up restless and being able to do a smile thing like tieing my shoes or walking. I am hopeful it will start today.

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  • CathyD moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi @kdchi06,

    Thank you for sharing! It sounds like you have been having an incredibly tough time lately. I wanted to wish you the very best of luck for relief with the new medication – I truly hope that it works for you and you can get back to doing things without pain. Will you keep us updated on how you’re doing? How did your appointment go?

    – Catherine, Community Moderator

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