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I am being treated for psoriatic arthritis and hypothyroidism... And now they think I have sjorgens syndrome bc of mouth problems! Is that possible?

I am being treated for psoriatic arthritis and hypothyroidism... And now they think I have sjorgens syndrome bc of mouth problems! Is that possible?

Yes: It is fairly common for someone with one autoimmune disease to concurrently have one or two other autoimmune diseases. I have seen patients with hypothyroidism, psoriasis and sjogren's. This combo may not be so rare. ...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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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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Bulging neck disk, herniated lb disk, psoriatic arthritis, lordosis, traveling pain, & nerve pain horrible 24/7 in all I do. Finished lifting weights?

Bulging neck disk, herniated lb disk, psoriatic arthritis, lordosis, traveling pain, & nerve pain horrible 24/7 in all I do. Finished lifting weights?

Yes to heavy weights: Exercise is an essential part of the treatment of a disk problem. Using light weights and increased repetitions under the supervision of a therapist is ok. You should not be lifting heavy weights. You should also see a rheumatologist if you have psoriatic arthritis. This can be (there are several forms) a progressive crippling disease which is treatable. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis with features of lupus. The arthritis is in both hips, lower back and neck. What is my prognosis?

I have psoriatic arthritis with features of lupus. The arthritis is in both hips, lower back and neck. What is my prognosis?

See details: The is really no such thing as psoriasis with features of lupus. However, with proper medical treatment the prognosis is very good as long as significant damage has not already occurred. ...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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Psoriatic arthritis, herniated low back disk, bulging neck disk. Any ok pain doc that can help? Crying, losing sleep, grades drop, life poor, norco=/=

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Psoriatic arthritis, herniated low back disk, bulging neck disk. Any ok pain doc that can help? Crying, losing sleep, grades drop, life poor, norco=/=

Ask family doc: When looking for specialists, 2 options come to mind. 1st, ask your family doc. Often s/he can treat ; manage chronic pain ; depression. Or refer you to appropriate specialist. 2nd, ask your insurer which specialists are in your plan. Good luck! ...Read more

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Diag psoriatic arthritis, chronic renal stones since age 14, osteoporosis, low vit d, pthand serum ca nor. Comb seem rare. Any idea why ca loss?

Diag psoriatic arthritis, chronic renal stones since age 14, osteoporosis, low vit d, pthand serum ca nor. Comb seem rare. Any idea why ca loss?

Related!: Psoriatic arthritis stems from low grade bowel inflammation, and you get resportion of oxalate, which forms calcium oxalate stones, which I sure is what you had. The low vitamin d will decrease calcium absorption until your parathyroid gland is ratched and takes cacium out of bones, which causes osteoporosis. Hope you are taking high dose d3. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat psoriatic arthritis?

What can I do to treat psoriatic arthritis?

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

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What can be done to cure psoriatic arthritis?

What can be done to cure psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic Arthritis: There are multiple treatments for psoriatic arthritis to control symptoms. It has also been associated with higher rates in smokers. Stop smoking if you do and see a rheumatologist for discussion of the best treatment for you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get psoriatic arthritis young?

Yes: It is more typical for psoriatic arthritis to start when you are young. Usually, around 30, but you can get it at any age. ...Read more

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I know someone with psoriatic arthritis, what is the cure?

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

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Psoriatic arthritis --- what can I generally expect later in life?

Psoriatic arthritis --- what can I generally expect later in life?

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

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Is it possible to have psoriatic arthritis and test negative for arthritis?

Is it possible to have psoriatic arthritis and test negative for arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis: Hi Sharon, Psoriatic arthritis is under the umbrella of spondylo-arthritis. This group of arthritis has a genetic test for Human Leukocyte Antigen B27 (HLA B27). A positive test means HLA-B27 is present. About 50% of patients with psoriatic arthritis test positive for HLA B27, therefore a negative test does not exclude the diagnosis. I hope that is helpful. Thank you, Nisha ...Read more

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If I had psoriasis does it mean I have psoriatic arthritis if I have arthritis?

If I had psoriasis does it mean I have psoriatic arthritis if I have arthritis?

See below: You are at increased risk for developing psoriatic arthritis if you have psoriasis and depending on which study you look at, 10 to 40% of all patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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What do psoriatic arthritis nodules look like?

What do psoriatic arthritis nodules look like?

None: Psoriatic arthritis typically does not cause nodules. Skin and lung and eye nodules typically occur with rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can alcohol cause psoriatic arthritis to flair?

Can alcohol cause psoriatic arthritis to flair?

Sometimes: There needs to be more research but there is evidence showing that those who drink alcohol regularly have a greater risk of psoriasis, and many who have psoriasis & psoriatic arthritis note that their symptoms flare with alcohol use and improve when they avoid it; but this likely is not true for everyone who has psoriasis. See http://www. Medpagetoday. Com/dermatology/psoriasis/23999. ...Read more

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Is Psoriatic Arthritis in the spine very severe a disease?

Is Psoriatic Arthritis in the spine very severe a disease?

Varies: It varies tremendously based upon the severity of the arthritis. Some may have minimal symptoms, or others can have cares that are quite debilitating. I would certainly be seen by a rheumatologist as well as a spinal specialist. ...Read more

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What does doctors usually presribe for psoriatic arthritis?

What does doctors usually presribe for psoriatic arthritis?

Methotrexate, TNFs: Methotrexate is usually the most common initial therapy. Tnf agents such as remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel or Humira are also extremely effective, especially if Methotrexate alone is not sufficient. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent psoriatic arthritis flare ups?

What is the best way to prevent psoriatic arthritis flare ups?

See below: Take your medicine and if it is not working meet with your rheumatologist to adjust your regimen. Also reduce stress in your life as this can trigger flares. ...Read more

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Has any one taken the disease modifying drug (dmards) for their psoriatic arthritis?

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

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Looking for naturopaths who could treat psoriatic arthritis?

Why?: They are no effective naturopathic therapies. See a dermatologist instead. ...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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Is there any correlation between amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and spondilitis?

Is there any correlation between amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and spondilitis?

Some: Hi micheleg1,
there is some evidence of the presence of amyloidosis in patients with psoriatic arthritis and, what I'm assuming you mean to be anklylosing spondylitis.
The clinical significance of this, however, remains unclear at this point. ...Read more

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How much effective is sulfasalazine in psoriatic arthritis?

How much effective is sulfasalazine in psoriatic arthritis?

It is considered...: Sulfasalazine is one of the first-line therapies for psoriatic arthritis at doses of 1-3 grams per day. It is moderately effective in studies, but is usually combined with other drugs! ...Read more

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How exactly does a doctor go about diagnosing psoriatic arthritis?

Mostly clinical: Skin lesions and arthritis are the first step of evaluation ladder. The comes blood test, radiological evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Can a flareup of psoriatic arthritis cause severe joint pain and fever?

Can a flareup of psoriatic arthritis cause severe joint pain and fever?

Flareup: Yes, psoriatic arthritis can cause severe joint pain and fever. See your rheumatologist for treatment. ...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