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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. Person with psoriatic arthritis also experiences pain in and around the feet and ankles, especially tendinitis 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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Finger/Toenail Psoriasis

Started by Erinsmum in Emotional Support. Last reply by fairemaid 5 hours ago. 13 Replies

Have any of you suffered with sever nail psoriasis? Mine only started when I began the Remicade Infusion and not only is it painful, it is really embarrassing. Comments anyone?Thanks.Continue

numb foot

Started by dakotasun in General Discussion. Last reply by Seenie 5 hours ago. 4 Replies

my foot has been going numb since July. I Have been to the rhumey 3 times since them and I always mention it. every time we have switched meds and i was always hopefully my ankle/foot would feel better.I started Humira 6 weeks ago. and am starting…Continue

Our own commercial

Started by Louise in General Discussion. Last reply by Louise 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

I saw a new commercial about PsA this evening, complete with a website:…Continue

Our own commercial

Started by Louise in General Discussion 6 hours ago. 0 Replies

I saw a new commercial about PsA this evening, complete with a website:…Continue

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Posted by kittychemcat on April 16, 2014 at 8:42pm 1 Comment

I wish my friends would hang out with me. I think they don’t invite me anywhere because I usually don’t end up feeling good enough to leave my house and declining…


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Posted by Seenie on April 16, 2014 at 10:41am 3 Comments

On Monday, I had my regular six-monthly check up at the PsA clinic. It seems a bit odd to make a long train journey and do a night in a hotel to be told that I'm not getting worse (I knew that already!), and to continue treatment as… Continue





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