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I was diagnosed in August 2016 with psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. I’m tired. I’m achy. My joints are stiff. I also have severe sleep apnea and need a new bi-pap machine. I am an insomniac now because of all this. Not to mention I have deteriorating disk disease in my neck and a pinched nerve between C6-C7 so my left arm goes numb as well as my hand n fingers. My hand trembles and I drop things which means I have to bend and squat which causes extreme pain in my back n legs. I’m about to just give up cause I feel that my doctor isn’t taking me seriously. Also, my immune system which used to be strong has been affected and I keep colds. Mind you that until a year ago I hadn’t been sick or even had a sore throat in over 10 years. Now I’m just worn down. My vitamin D is so low it doesn’t register so I have to take 50,000 mg a week. To keep my legs from cramping I have to take 1,500 mg of potassium a day which upsets my stomach. I have hypertension so of course I’m on BP meds I have anxiety and panic disorder so Paxil and Xanax have become a must. Any advice or suggestions are appreciated. I’ve been trying to get disability for over 2 yrs with no result.

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Comments

  • Amyell
    2 years ago

    So is this the end of our lives as we knew it. Diagnosed with PsA 6 months ago also degenerative disc disease., AS WELL AS FIBROMYALGI, high cholesterol and pvd (peripheral arterial disease, depression, you name. It! But the fatigue and” no one gets it” is so hard to take? Anyone try Enbrel? That’s the next step for me!

  • CathyD moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Amyell,

    Thank you for your comment. I thought you may be interested in this article on Enbrel: https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/medications/enbrel-reviews-how-well-it-works-and-side-effects/

    Best of luck with this! Please keep us updated on how you are doing, and I hope you are able to find some relief.

    – CathyD (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • Casey moderator
    2 years ago

    Wow, what a story, GWC1147. I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure all of this. Please know we’re here for you, and are grateful to have you in our community. I found this article you may connect with, https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/living-with-psa/coping/ Please keep us posted on your journey.

    And thank you, Eurotrekker for your response and support. I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure what you have had to as well. Thank you for being an active member in our community, and please keep us posted on your journey as well!

    Best,

    Casey, Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team

  • Eurotrekker
    2 years ago

    I’m on so many of the same medications as you, except the anxiety ones. Plus I’m on asthma meds, restless leg meds and several others. I was very fortunate that I got disability in my first try, without a lawyer. I went in with all of my medical files in hand, over 180 pages and that was just from one doctor. You may have to hire a lawyer to help you.
    I pray you get relief. I used to be very active, but unfortunately I have had to accept that I can’t do most of the things I once could do.

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