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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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New pain across my clavicles, through shoulders and into my arms.

Started by Grandma J in General Discussion. Last reply by Poo therapy 35 minutes ago. 26 Replies

I've been hoping this isn't a new PsA symptom, but I'm worried Enbrel is slowly losing its effectiveness. Off and on I've had a day or two of a minor flare, but not more than that. I have lots of pain in my feet, but that doesn't feel like my PsA…Continue

Swelling without Pain?

Started by darinfan in General Discussion. Last reply by Poo therapy 38 minutes ago. 7 Replies

For the last couple of weeks, my ankles (left one in particular) have been swelling more than normal (they're always a little swollen), but not with any noticeable pain attached to it.  It's better when I get up in the morning but gets worse through…Continue

so sick - 4th week on methotrexate

Started by Claire in General Discussion. Last reply by Poo therapy 42 minutes ago. 18 Replies

This week will be my 4th (Wed.) week taking my dose of Methotrexate (orally).  It was prescribed to me in early July but I waited to start it because of beach vacation and just some uncertainty.  Doctor was quite vague during appointment.Anyway,…Continue

Methotrexate not working, what to expect next?

Started by Rob in General Discussion. Last reply by Poo therapy 53 minutes ago. 8 Replies

I've been taking 12.5mg of mtx for 12 weeks now and I've seen no improvements.  In fact, my hands and feet have been worse over the last 3-4 weeks and I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping for more than 4hrs at a time (and if I do, I'm paying for it…Continue

Latest Activity

Poo therapy replied to Grandma J's discussion New pain across my clavicles, through shoulders and into my arms.
"So how are you doing now Grandma J. So hope it's going better?"
35 minutes ago
Poo therapy replied to darinfan's discussion Swelling without Pain?
"All mine started with ridiculous swelling but zilch pain. The pain came later like a tornado but…"
38 minutes ago
Poo therapy replied to Claire's discussion so sick - 4th week on methotrexate
"Having spent most of my professional life working with orthopaedic you made me laugh tntlamb. But…"
42 minutes ago
Poo therapy replied to Rob's discussion Methotrexate not working, what to expect next?
"Please get a coherent cogent second opinion. And soon. Big hugs."
53 minutes ago

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5 New pain across my clavicles, through shoulders and into my arms.

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