Finding support for Psoriatic Arthritis? Connect with people like you.

Living with Psoriatic Arthritis is an online patient support community that is powered by BensFriends.org, a network of patient support communities for rare diseases. Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.

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.

LivingWithPsoriaticArthritis.org is a virtual peer-to-peer community intended to be a safe place for patients and family members as young as age 12, to visit for information, discussion, venting and mutual support. Members come from many backgrounds. Some have a strong religious faith, and others no faith; some are children and others adults, rich and poor, graduate educated or taught by life. Our common denominators are that we share a life journey, and we try to help each other.

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How is Ben’s Friends Different from Social Media and Other Support Sites?

Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.

We’re interested in you as a person, and in your struggles as a rare disease patient.  But we don’t want to know your name or where you live. We won’t even allow you to use your real name when you register for one of our communities. Because when it comes to medical things, anonymity is important in our googly universe.  Your information is never shared, and your activity never tracked by adware.

When Ben’s Friends asks for the country and region you live in, that’s in case your fellow members can recommend local resources and help, and so everyone knows what kind of medical system there is where you live.  That’s important when it comes to giving and getting support. Because we are all about support, and we’re all in this together.. 

Ben’s Friends: Safe and Supportive. 
And anonymous to keep it that way.

Why create an account?

Posts on the different Ben’s Friends communities can be read by anyone on the internet. You can browse through the different topics and find most of the information you’re looking for but there are many things you won’t be able to do unless you create an account. These include:

Making your own posts. Although you’re able to find useful information just by reading other members’ posts, you might still have a lot of questions in your mind. Either you want to start a new topic to talk about them in detail or you want to reply to a comment on a thread. These won’t be possible unless you create a new user account.

Viewing other members’ profiles. Member profiles include information about the country or region they are from, whether they are a patient or a caregiver, and details about their disease and treatments. Maybe you came across an interesting post and you want to learn more about the member. Or maybe you’re looking for members who are from the same country as you. Having a user account allows you to see other member profiles and find information that may be relevant.  

Sending private messages. Aside from being able to post publicly and commenting on a thread, having a user account also allows you to send private messages both to other members and moderators. In case you want to discuss a topic only with a specific person, this is possible by sending private messages when you have created your account.

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Latest Discussions

  • Revisiting my Ankle…into my foot – bone edema?
    by Northernelf on June 8, 2024

    Finally got my MRI (3 months !) and will be chatting with my doc on Monday. My painful, limp inducing ankle morphed into a top of the foot problem with pain, stiffness, etc. as well. It’s more walkable than it was but the top of my foot likes to swell and get hot, sometimes I limp but I’m careful because I notice that walking funny helps it cease up (stiffen). Anyway…the MRI came back with […]

  • Totally lost with it all
    by Flin on June 8, 2024

    Hello All. I’m updating on my post where I saw a new rheumy and was told I probably have fibromyalgia and Psa has burn out. Saw another chap yesterday. Registrar I think. Checked me over and offered me ultrasound guided steroid shots in hip, shoulder and Achilles. But no other treatment. Said the disease isn’t active? Said I have golfers elbow and enthesitis. But I’m in pain as usual, have […]

  • Red Dots and The Frustration of the Unknowns!
    by darinfan on May 23, 2024

    Hi all. I hope everyone is well – as well as can be expected, at least. I’m sorry not to have posted for a while, but I have been keeping an eye on what’s going on, at least. PsA has, mostly, been behaving itself. There’s still the underlying grumbling pains, but they’ve been worse, and I’m sure we just get used to them! Sorry about the following preamble about dots on my leg, but […]

  • Anything but dogs
    by Stoney on May 22, 2024

    For anyone who loves the idea of sharing pet pics but doesn’t have a dog, please share here. I’m a cat owner but a longtime pet lover so would love to see your pics. 6 posts – 4 participants Read full topic

  • Seenie Inspired
    by Amos on May 18, 2024

    While scrolling through some older posts, I saw that beautiful photo of Seenie’s dog and thought, “hey, let’s have a walk on the lighter side.” To many of us, our dogs have been a life line of fun, companionship and even distraction from our everyday PsA issues. So, let’s hear what you have as a dog friend. (please, no…”I don’t have a dog but I have cat, or rat or […]