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What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis which affects people who suffer from the chronic skin condition, psoriasis.

Common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints that are red or warm to the touch. Persons with psoriatic arthritis also experience pain in and around the feet and ankles, especially tendonitis in the Achilles tendon or Plantar fasciitis in the sole of the foot and in the area of the Sacrum (the lower back, above the tailbone). Changes to the nails, such as pitting or separation from the nail bed also occurs.

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Modified Work?

Started by gia in General Discussion. Last reply by Sybil 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi Everyone! Does driving 45mins to 1 hour straight aggravates the swelling knee? My right knee is the affected side and I drive 5-25 minutes per sitting but am just wondering if driving longer than that somehow aggravates the swelling? Thank you.Continue

Question/poll: Rf factor blood test

Started by fleur in General Discussion. Last reply by Jules G 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

Did your doctor do a rf reactor blood test before diagnosing with psa?

New in this Journey

Started by gia in General Discussion. Last reply by gia 7 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hello Everyone,First, I  would like to thank this group, because it made me feel empowered knowing that I am not alone. It took almost a year before I was diagnosed with PsA. My right knee started swelling, no injury/trauma. Ortho did draining and…Continue

New in this Journey

Started by gia in New member Check In. Last reply by gia 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hello Everyone,First, I  would like to thank this group, because it made me feel empowered knowing that I am not alone. It took almost a year before I was diagnosed with PsA. My right knee started swelling, no injury/trauma. Ortho did draining and…Continue

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Moderator
Sybil replied to gia's discussion Modified Work?
"Hi Gia, swollen knees can take quite a while to respond to meds.  Or at least that was my…"
2 hours ago

Moderator
Jules G replied to fleur's discussion Question/poll: Rf factor blood test
"Yes, mine did.  Do you have something particular on your mind in asking this question?"
2 hours ago

Moderator
Jules G replied to gia's discussion Modified Work?
"Any period of inactivity will cause my knees (and every other bit of me) to stiffen and become…"
2 hours ago
gia posted a discussion

Modified Work?

Hi Everyone! Does driving 45mins to 1 hour straight aggravates the swelling knee? My right knee is…See More
7 hours ago

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1 New in this Journey

New in this Journey

Posted by gia on May 17, 2016

2 Question/poll:  Rf factor blood test

Question/poll: Rf factor blood test

Posted by fleur on May 24, 2016

3 Modified Work?

Modified Work?

Posted by gia on May 24, 2016

4 New short movie about a woman with PSA

New short movie about a woman with PSA

Posted by DMaraJade on May 20, 2016

5 Cyclosporin A

Cyclosporin A

Posted by Rachael on May 22, 2016

 
 
 

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