I was diagnosed with PsA in October/November 2011. This diagnosis followed a misdiagnosis of shingles. I was involved in an auto accident and developed a small rash in the center of my back (where I cannot see). This rash has NEVER gone away. Later I did some research and discovered that it is common for trauma to trigger what I call the demons of the disease. Prior to the accident I was jogging 5 miles a day and enjoying my new found fitness program. Now today I struggle some days to walk. My affected joints are: toes on my left foot, both ankles, both knees my right hip is real bad, my right hand,low back, left elbow and both shoulders. I work full time as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. I am totally understanding to my patients who suffer from any autoimmune disorder. Over the past month I have been trying to figure out a way that I can stop working (which is so out of character for me). I feel like the few good days I have I spend working then I am to tired or in too much pain to do anything.
Medicatios I have tried include: MTX not tolerated at all; Meloxicam allergic reaction; enbrel worked amazingly well but again allergic reaction including drug rash, fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath; humira injections are painful and not helpful for me; prednisone 20mg daily for over a year, current meds include celebrex daily, ibuprofen 800 mg prn, stelara just did my second injection today. Praying for relief.