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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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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?

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 more

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I have psoriasis on my scalp and parts of my body. Can this relate to the swollen glands on my neck?

I have psoriasis on my scalp and parts of my body. Can this relate to the swollen glands on my neck?

Yes: If the psoriasis on the scalp is significant and irritated the glands in your neck especially in the back of the neck can swell. The psoriasis can also be secondarily infected. Treatment can include topicals such as taclonex, nclobex, dmasmoothe fx, and keralyt gel. If necessary injections in the scalp can help.Since treatment needs to be individualized see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do you cure psoriatic arthritis?

How do you  cure psoriatic arthritis?

No cure.: However, virtually completely remmitable. Old drugs, sulfasalazine, steroids, cyclophosphamide, and the new tnf-alpha inhibitors-enbrel, humira, (adalimumab) reimicade can work exceedingly well. The treatments usually improve the psoriasis as well. ...Read more

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How does a dr diagnose psoriatic arthritis?

How does a dr diagnose psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis: The combination of psoriasis and arthritis on examination would indicate psoriatic arthritis. There is no blood test for it. In addition, arthritis with a family history of psoriasis could mean psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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In lay man's terms what is psoriatic arthritis?

In lay man's terms what is psoriatic arthritis?

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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I have serious psoriatic arthritis, what to do?

I have serious  psoriatic arthritis, what to do?

Seek rheumatologist: There are many very effective therapies for psoriatic arthritis but they must be administered and followed closely by a physician familiar with the therapies and possible side effects. Find and see acrheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a guy to have an psoriatic arthritis?

Is it possible for a guy to have an psoriatic arthritis?

Yes: While it is more common for women to have psoriatic arthriits, as in many forms of autoimmune disease, men are very commonly affected as well in fact it is more common in men than rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. What should I do?

I have psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. What should I do?

Rheumatologist: There are many effective treatments, dependent upon extent of disease. Rheumatologist and dermatologist collaboration would be very helpful. ...Read more

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Where do I go if i think I have psoriatic arthritis like my?

Where do I go if i think I have psoriatic arthritis like my?

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

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What happens to your body when you have psoriatic arthritis?

Erosion: The tissue inpsoriatic arthritis can erode bone moderately rapidly and cause not only soft tissue swelling and pain and tenderness, but can cause the bones to shorten and the joints to becomeless useful and even fused. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: psoriatic arthritis?

What is the definition or description of: psoriatic arthritis?

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

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I've just been told I have psoriatic arthritis, should I be concerned?

I've just been told I have psoriatic arthritis, should I be concerned?

Depends on variety: There are 5 directly related and 3 associated forms of arthritis with psoriasis. You need to see a knowledgable rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What do doctors generally presribe for psoriatic arthritis?

What do doctors generally presribe for psoriatic arthritis?

Most start with...: A non-steroidal agent such as naproxen, coupled with Methotrexate and perhaps sulfasalazine. There are many drugs that can be used, but these are common starting agents! the Methotrexate will also improve the psoriasis quite frequently. ...Read more

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How effective is infliximab in treating psoriatic arthritis?

How effective is infliximab in treating psoriatic arthritis?

Quite effective!: Infliximab is quite effective in treating both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, but it is not and should be not a first line therapy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use methotrexate to treat psoriatic arthritis when you also have gallbladder stones?

Yes.: Because mtx suppresses the immune system, you would not give it to someone who has an infected gall bladder. Asymptomatic stones without infection or duct obstruction, where surgery is not recommended would be ok. Mtx can cause liver injury (chemocal hepatitis) but it doesn't affect the gall bladder. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more