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Is There Anything I Can Do For The Swelling In My Toe Due To Psoriatic Arthritis
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Psoriatic arthritis: Your doctor may recommend tumor necrosis factor-alpha (tnf-alpha) inhibitors if you have severe psoriatic arthritis. These drugs block the protein that causes inflammation in some types of arthritis and can improve signs and symptoms of psoriasis, as well. This group of drugs is the best to treat arthritis caused by psoriasis. ...Read more
Recently doc told me I have psoriatic arthritis. But all blood tests negative and never any swelling. Sounds reasonable?
Psoriatic Arthritis: No single test can confirm a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. But some types of tests can rule out other causes of joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Diagnosis tests may include: x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (mri), rheumatoid factor (rf), or a joint fluid test. Rf is an antibody that's often present in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis, not usually psoriatic arthr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After using levaquin, (levofloxacin) my Achilles tendon and knees have started paining suddenly. I have minor psoriasis; i want to rule out psoriatic arthritis. I don't have any swelling and my nails are healthy. What should I do?
Rheumatologist eval: Psoriasis is associated with joint inflammation and tendon problems. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is associated with tendonopathy particularly of the achilles tendon but other tendons can be involved including the knee but not classically. Rheumatologist specilize in the diagnosis and treatment of the about aided at time by orthopedic surgeons if damage is severe. Diagnosis based on history, labs and clinical judge. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psoriatic arthritis - can this cause heavy feeling in legs, swelling feet and stabbing pain behind knees?
My friend has psoriatic arthritis and his legs and ankles swell alot! How can he alleviate the pain?
What do you suggest if my friend has psoriatic arthritis and his legs and ankles swell alot!what can he do to help the pain?
Psoriatic Arthritis: How about your friend sees a Rheumatologist, there are a lot of new treatment options like modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or anti-tumor necrosis factor agents such as adalimumab (Humira), etanercept (Enbrel), golimumab (Simponi) and infliximab (Remicade) which have made a lot differences recently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am an rn in a pretty high acuity icu (ccu). Should I be worried about taking a biologic due to immunosuppresion for psoriatic arthritis?
Discuss: You need to be informed of the risk/benefits of starting the new treatment and be informed about how it is expected to help you. The biologics may cause immunosuppression and increase risk of infection. Since there are now many of them, there are relative risks. Ask the treating physicians about options, their interpretation of your disease severity, and risk of the new meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor.: A rheumatology referral may be necessary, but a nsaid, with sulfasalazine and Methotrexate given once weekly are my first treatments. The biologics work (enbrel, humira, (adalimumab) remicade) work, but are quite expensive, not generic, require prior authorization, and almost always require prior Methotrexate therapy. Leflunomide, azothioprine, and Cyclosporine are options, given by someone in rheumatology! ...Read more
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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