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Have psoriatic arthritis dx, new rheumie says that if I don't have elevated inflammation markers then I don't have psa... True or false?

Have psoriatic arthritis dx, new rheumie says that if I don't have elevated inflammation markers then I don't have psa... True or false?

Not unusual: Many patients with psoriatic arthritis (approximtely 50%) will have either normal or near normal ESR and or CRP levels (inflammatory markers). Patients with psoriatic arthritis will usually have negative rheumatoid factors and ccp antibodies and antinuclear factors. ...Read more

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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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How does Psoriatic Arthritis affect kidneys. What are the tests for a PsA patient to monitor his kidney function? What are the bad signs?

How does Psoriatic Arthritis affect kidneys. What are the tests for a PsA patient to monitor his kidney function? What are the bad signs?

Psoriasis and kidney: Kidney disease may be due HTN diabetes seen with psoriasis as well as the inflammation of psoriasis Good glucose, BP and inflammation control help. Urine protein. spot albumin /creatinine ratio, 24 creatinine clearance, serum creatinine, calcium, phosporus, uric acid, bicarb are all methods to monitor kidney function.. f/u w/ nephrologist. ...Read more

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How is ankylosing spondylitis differentiated from ddd? Have diagnosis of ddd&psoriatic arthritis. Leg weakness for years. New med for psa has eliminated. As?

How is ankylosing spondylitis differentiated from ddd? Have diagnosis of ddd&psoriatic arthritis. Leg weakness for years. New med for psa has eliminated. As?

One is part of other: As is a inherited condition that results in calcification of the disk spaces throughout the spine. This gives the term "bamboo spine". This is a form of ddd. The leg weakness can come from canal or foraminal stenosis related to this. Ddd is a part of as. Imaging can help with the diagnosis and surgery is the last option. Surgery for ddd with as is more complicated. ...Read more

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How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

Yes: Multiple meds. Check with rheumatologist what is appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

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

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What are common signs of psoriatic arthritis?

What are common signs of psoriatic arthritis?

PsA: 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 morning stiffness general fatigue a reduced range of motion. ...Read more

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Do psoriatic comes first or psoriatic arthritis?

Do psoriatic comes first or psoriatic arthritis?

Either way: In most cases the skin involvement precedes the arthritis. In about 30% of cases the arthritis comes at least 6 months before one sees any skin issues. ...Read more

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What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

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

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Is there a cure for psoriatic arthritis?

Is there a cure for psoriatic arthritis?

No Cure: But there are highly effective treatments. Some are pills such as methotrexate. Often, we now use biologic medications, like Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, or Stelara (ustekinumab). Most recently a new pill was approved called Otezla. A rheumatologist is experienced in treating psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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Can green tea help psoriatic arthritis?

Can green tea help 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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What is treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

What is treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

Many good options: There are highly effective treatments. Often, we now use biologic medications, like Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, Simponi, Cimzia or Stelara (ustekinumab). These are injected. Some are pills such as methotrexate. Recently a new pill was approved called Otezla. A rheumatologist is experienced in treating psoriatic arthritis and can help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

What is the treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic Arthritis: Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/psoriatic-arthritis/ds00476/dsection=treatments-and-drugs.

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What are the treatment methods for psoriatic arthritis?

What are the treatment methods for psoriatic arthritis?

Biologics-last Rx!: Most patients do not need biologics, which should be reserved for the most severe cases. Sulfasalazine, co-adminstered with mtx is a good option, and very inexpensive. ...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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What does psoriatic arthritis in the neck feel like usually?

What does psoriatic arthritis in the neck feel like usually?

Achy: Achy pain with and without movement that produces stiffness in themorning and gradually improves overseveral hours. It is not visible on xray or normal lab tests but has been detected by mri, although that test is overused, most ofthe time. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis but no swelling. Is that possible?

I have psoriatic arthritis but no swelling. Is that possible?

Yes: Psoristic arthritis can cause pain and other symptoms before any swelling becomes evident. That said you need to make sure that nothing else is causing those symptoms ...Read more

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Prostate Specific Antigen (Definition)

Psa is a protein made in the prostate gland that functions to liquefy sperm. It is a serine protease made by both normal and malignant prostate glands. Commonly used as a screening test for prostate cancer, the psa test is widely used to detect which men would benefit from a prostate biopsy as well as detect cancer recurrence in men who have been ...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