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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

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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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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Can psoriatic arthritis only cause pain in the si joint?

Can psoriatic arthritis only cause pain in the si joint?

No: Much like rheumatoid arthritis almost any joint in the body can be affected with psoriatic arthritis - all the joints in th arms and legs as well as the cervical and lumbar spines. The si joints are typically involved in the spondylitic form of psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do for the swelling in my toe due to psoriatic arthritis?

Is there anything I can do for the swelling in my toe due to psoriatic arthritis?

If a focal joint: I would inject the toe with stroids and make sure you were on systemic meds like mtx or sulfasalazine. In refractory cases, Humira or Enbrel (etanercept) are last resort. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do about the swelling in my joint due to psoriatic arthritis?

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

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Can beetroot reduce methotrexate side effects in a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient?

Can beetroot reduce methotrexate side effects in a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient?

Not really!: Beet root is high in folic acid, but we routinely give Folic Acid to patients on methotrexate, usually 2mg/day. This would be overkill, and add unnecessary expense! ...Read more

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Is it possible to be put on methotrexate treatment for psoriatic arthritis & what was the outcome?

Is it possible to be put on methotrexate treatment for psoriatic arthritis & what was the outcome?

See details: Methotrexate is often a very effective treatment for psoriatic arthritis. The outcome depends on how well one responds to this med. About 70% will experience a good response. ...Read more

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I have severe pain on the ulnar side of my elbow. Could this be attributed to psoriatic arthritis?

Elbow pain: This could be ulnar neuropathy (cubital tunnel syndrome). Irritation/inflammation of the ulnar nerve as it passes within the cubital tunnel of the elbow can cause medial elbow pain, tingling sensations down the forearm into the hand with weakness in some muscles of the hand. Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) is also a cause of 'inner elbow' or medial elbow pain. A consult with a physiatrist is. ...Read more

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My leg/knee won't straighten. Have diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis but what can I do to get leg to work properly?

My leg/knee won't straighten. Have diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis but what can I do to get leg to work properly?

Need evaluation: Sometimes when the knee "locks" or cannot straighten out fully, it means that there may be a tear in the cartilage (meniscus) preventing the knee from straightening. See an orthopedist or a physiatrist (rehab medicine specialist) and he/she should be able to help you with it. ...Read more

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I have 6 weekly blood tests (methotexate psoriatic arthritis) which often show elevated inflammation. Will this effect my organs?

I have 6 weekly blood tests (methotexate psoriatic arthritis) which often show elevated inflammation. Will this effect my organs?

Possibly: Methotrexate is a powerful medicine that must be used carefully. It can lead to a form of cirrhosis of the liver. Usually a liver biopsy is obtained every 2 years or so to look for evidence of side effects of the medicine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have psoriatic arthritis without ever having the skin condition? Specially if a parent has psoriasis?

Is it possible for someone to have psoriatic arthritis without ever having the skin condition? Specially if a parent has psoriasis?

Yes: Psoriatic arthritis can begin before a patient has psoriasis. In that case the diagnosis is made on clinical findings, and radiographs. Blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis are typically negative, but labs may show evidence of inflammation. ...Read more

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How would I know the difference in psoriatic arthritis in my neck or if I was sleeping funny? My neck is stiff and painfull all the time

How would I know the difference in psoriatic arthritis in my neck or if I was sleeping funny? My neck is stiff and painfull all the time

Neck pain: Psoriatic arthritis is rare (about 1% of the population), and is most typically associated with psoriasis, which is a skin condition in which scaly red rashes are seen on the elbows and knees, among other areas. In the absence of psoriasis, your neck symptoms could certainly be due to sleep issues, or possibly early degeneration, or deconditioning. See your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis and also have fibromyalgia. The weather seems to have an effect on how much pain I feel. What do doctors think about this?

Very real: Your grandmother was not crazy saying she could predict the weather with her rhuematism! Slowly falling barometric pressure seems to be the major association. You will notice that in a storm system coming in fast you are fine. It's that front that takes days to come in. There is also "fair weather pain" from a high pressure area moving away from you. The mechanism is completely unkmown. ...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