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Medicine For Psoriatic Arthritis
I'm taking methotrexate along with folic acid. Are there any holistic medicines to treat my psoriatic arthritis?
There are a huge array of holistic/complementary approaches to treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. See http://www. Thorne. Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/4/319.Pdf ; http://www. Familynaturopath. Ca/tips-resources/articles/solving-psoriasis/ ; http://homeopathyplus. Com. Au/psoriasis-treated-by-homeopathy/ ; http://bit. Ly/17eaeuh
i advised working with a good holistic md ;/or homeopath. ...Read more
A condition where there 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
Most patients need a: Psoriatic arthritis can be a very inflammatory disease. We all want pain relief for our patients, but rheumatologists understand the need to reduce inflammation, because it portends coniued damge to joints, as well as much earlier cardiac disease. My personal favorites: sulfasalazine with methotrexate, the latter given sc. Some, albeit few, patients need tnf-alpha inhibitors. ...Read more
See details: The two major DMARDs for treating psoriatic arthritis are Methotrexate and the biologics such as Remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel and Humira among others. All are extremely effective, especially the biologics. All have potential side effects such as infection risk, reduced blood counts and liver disease. ...Read more
I have severe psoriatic arthritis, celebrex (celecoxib) is my wonder drug. Only I can't afford a name brand right now, what would be the next best drug n generic?
Psoriasis: Biologics are revolutionizing how psoriasis/arthritis are treated, and what psoriasis patients are coming to expect from their psoriasis treatments. Anti-psoriasis biologics have been developed based on current understanding of the abnormal immune system responses that contribute to the disease-enbrel, humira, Remicade and stelara (ustekinumab). ...Read more
I have MS and psoriatic arthritis and am interested in the new drug Ocrevus for MS would that work for PA as well?
Any recommendations for my condition psoriatic arthritis not to eat or drink and what can I do when I start the medicine methotrexate
Psoriasis and gut: Psoriasis is an autoimmune state. Autoimmune means your body is fighting itself. Why? Usually it is triggered by stress of some kind. Address this with managing stress cleaning the gut (probiotics and clean eating). Methotrexate is harsh on the liver so eat liver friendly diet like greens, cruciferous and lemon. Do breathing exercises when stressed. Address sleep issues. ...Read more
My boyfriend was 47 y/o & he has joints pain some water inside on it, his doctor said that it was psoriatic arthritis. What medicine he need and food?
Would any rheumatologist ever suggest enbrel (etanercept) to a patient who doesn't have rheumatoid arthritis, anspon, juvenile or psoriatic arthritis? Serious drug
Yes: Enbrel (etanercept) does have value in other disorders so I have recommended its use in diseases not on your list. ...Read more
I've been taking Methotrexate and I'm on a study drug for my Psoriatic Arthritis, I think the study drug is Humira (adalimumab), (adalimumab) can Humira (adalimumab) cause weight gain?
I took myself off methotrexate for psoriatic arthritis without my doctor knowing it. I was on arava and enbrel and my enzymes were slightly elevated. I want to see if psoriasis comes back. If it does and my enzymes go down, I will start start the medicine
No, bad idea: You are on the same team as your doctor. Use your doctor as a consultant to help you make the best decisions for your care. If you alter your treatment plan yourself, you are at the very least putting yourself at risk for a flare of disease, and at worst putting yourself into danger if your medicines require a taper to be done safely. Call your doctor now--tell him/her you'd like to stop your meds. ...Read more
Common!: Perphaps 20-30% of psoriasis patients develop arthritis. So having a strong family history for both psoriasis and arthritis are very important rheumatology questions to ask! I believe it is more common than rheumatoid arthritis. This is true in my practice. Over halp of my patients with psoriatic arthritis do not know they have it, until a thorough investigation for hidden spots identifies it! ...Read more
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
Auto-immune tests: Many forms of arthritis, are auto-immune disorders, where the body mistakenly form antibodies against it's own cells or parts of the cell, such as the nucleus (ana=anton-nuclear antibody). There are now many very specific antibodies that can be measured that could suggest or clinch the diagnosis of a particular arthritis or autoimmune disease, including psoriasis. ...Read more
Tender, swollen and/or stiff joints
red, itchy, flaky skin
swollen and tender entheses (where muscle or ligament attaches to bone)
pain and stiffness in the back and neck
nail changes—for example, a nail that separates from the nail bed and/or becomes pitted and discolored
a reduced range of motion. ...Read more
Psoriatic arthritis: Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. They can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine. No cure for psoriatic arthritis exists, so the focus is on controlling symptoms and preventing damage to your joints. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis may be disabling. ...Read more
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These two web site will give all what you want about it. Http://www. Arthritis. Org/disease-center. Php? Disease_id=21
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/psoriatic-arthritis/ds00476/. ...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
No cure, but remitts: Few people should face significant joint issues, if this most common of rheumatic diseases was diagnosed early and treated with remitting agents once diagnosed. If you have no sx, do you have disease? ...Read more
Rheumatologist: There are many effective treatments, dependent upon extent of disease. Rheumatologist and dermatologist collaboration would be very helpful. ...Read more
Psoriatic arthritis: Mostly genetics and immunologic function.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many options.: You can go to your PCP, sports medicine doctors, rheumatologist, orthopedic specialists or physical medicine & rehabilitation specialists. Depends on what you are trying to accomplish, each has their strengths and weaknesses in their treatment options or you may need to see a combination of these specialists to treat your issues. ...Read more
Treat psoriasis: Treating the psoriasis usually will help the inflammatory portion of the psoriatic arthritis. If you are still having trouble with the arthritis, there are many options for medicines that can decrease your body's inflammatory response which then will give you relief. See your doctor, and if you aren't getting adequate relief, consider a rheumatology consult. ...Read more
Definition: An inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. The arthritis can affect a few joints (oligoarticular), many joints (polyarticular), tips of fingers (dip only), the spine (spondylitis) or a severe deforming of hands (arthritis mutilans). Arthritis severity does not relate to skin severity. ...Read more
Depends...: ...On what you do now. Multiple treatments, ranging from oral medications to biologics like enbrel, humira, and stelara, (ustekinumab) are effective in treating psoriatic arthritis and preventing damage to joints. If you do not address the problem now, your joints will suffer damage in later life and your mobility will be compromised. See a dermatologist skilled in psoriasis treatment asap. ...Read more
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