I’m possibly about to be diagnosed with PsA. And… it makes sense after reading through this site and seeing how many other people have random collections of symptoms that turn out to be related to this disease.
I’m 50, mom with two kids, a creative professional in Los Angeles. Allergies, asthma. Mild colitis. I’ve always been active and felt pretty healthy most of the time. Except… a few months ago I woke up with a mysteriously gigantic knee. Fluid was drained three times, had all the inflammatory markers so my doc sent me to a rheumatologist.
She ordered a jillion blood labs and everything has been negative except for super high CRP and white blood cells all over the place. No psoriasis, not even a teeny bit. I just did the HLA B27 but don’t have the results yet.
Meanwhile, my second toe has swollen up like an angry pink balloon animal. And my ankle on the other side is puffy and painful. I’ve been on crutches for a few months, and now one of my wrists hurts so much I can’t even raise the weight of my own hand. Mostly I just scoot around the house on an office chair.
So… the plan is to MRI the ankle and if it doesn’t need surgery I’ll start Humira. It seems so crazy to go from basically fine to a biologic in just a few months but when I read stories about it taking years for someone to get a diagnosis I feel better about just starting it as soon as possible.
Thanks for sharing all your experiences! It’s been reassuring to read your stories.