Hello to everyone in PsA land. I had joined the group earlier this year when my Rheumy believed that I may have PsA. Well after 8 epidural injections, 3 MRI's, a bone scan, a CT scan, an x-ray, prendizone, flurbuprophine, 2 Humira doses, 3 Remicade infusions, a spine specialist, 2 pain management Dr.'s, a chiropractor, and finally a visit with a Rheumy at the university of Wisconsin in Madison I/we (my awesome family) have a new diagnosis = chronic pain as the result of degeneration Osteoarthritis and CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome). My hand are painful due to the spreading of the CRPS and osteoarthritis at the base of my thumbs and fingers. Neck is painful due to spondylosis and degenerative disks at C5,6+7, right ear pain in due to TMJ, low back pain is due to spondylosis and degenerative disk space as well as ruptured disks putting pressure on the nerves, and SI joint pain due to degenerative, chronic sclerosis spurring. Other than that, I'm in great shape! In all honesty I'm scared as hell about my future. Every morning until bedtime my body is terrorised by pain. I'm fearful of the financial future for my wife and kids. I'm fearful as hell that I may end up in a wheel chair. I hate rolling out of bed pulling myself to my feet, grabbing my 2 canes and slowly stepping my way to the bathroom. I'm tired of having to require a chair in the shower to clean myself. I'm tired of seeing the horror in my children's eyes as I try to move around the house or out in public.
I'm sorry for my rant. I'm sorry that you all have to battle and hurt from PsA. May God help us all!