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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