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What is the difference between psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthrapathy? I'm hla b-27 positive

What is the difference between psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthrapathy? I'm hla b-27 positive

Almost the same: Many people with psoriatic arthritiw have back problems similar to classic ankylosing spondylitis. The meds used for these are the same and include sulfasalazine, methotrexate, biologics including humira, remicade, (infliximab) etc. Occasionally the arthritis goes into remission (stops) if the skin is cleared, but this isn't common. Nonsteroids such as indomethecin are quite helpful. ...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 is the difference between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Different types : Although they are both called arthritis, they are two very different types. Each one has different causes and different manifestations. There can be certain similarities of therapy. We need to define each one because our clinical program, our clinical evaluation, and our therapy can differ. They have different types of immunologic processes involved in each of these. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the basic differences in symptoms and clinical menifestations between Psoriatic arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the basic differences in symptoms and clinical menifestations between Psoriatic arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis?

Less symetrical : Psoriatic arthritis comes in several forms. The main difference between RA and the type of psoriatic arthritis that is closest to rheumatoid is that psoriatic is less symetrical. Psoriatic is also associated with nail changes, more tendinitis problems, and psoriasis. It is very rare for RA to affect DIP (joints at end of finger). Psoriatic will affect these. There are many other small diff. ...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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Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Moderate humidity?: Moderate humidity is good. High humidity and arid (dry) air is bad for psoriasis. Significant humidity can lead to excessive perspiration, with bacterial and dungal growth in areas prone to psoriasis and worsen the skin disease. Zinc oxide 5% found in gold bond extra-strength can help with skin disease. Otherwise, the medication for psa for joint disease can be increased. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an 18 yrs old guy to get psoriatic arthritis?

Is it possible for an 18 yrs old guy to get psoriatic arthritis?

Yes: There is no specific time point when a disease will present. Age guides are not set in stone and are simply a gauge based on clinical studies. A disease can occur at any time in a persons life, some just have more common ages at presentation. ...Read more

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If psoriatic arthritis is a "t" cell malfunction, does exercise have benefit?

If psoriatic arthritis is a "t" cell malfunction, does exercise have benefit?

Yes: Exercise, when properly designed to be low impact, is good for not just arthritis but also your wellbeing and self-esteem. Medication is still given to make exercise less painful. Exercise alone will not be enough to treat psoriatic arthritis unfortunately. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. Why does getting a massage make my pain worse?

I have psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia.  Why does getting a massage make my pain worse?

Acute inflammation: If you are acutely inflammed then massage could certainly hurt rather than help. Ask your doctor if a short course of anti-inflammatory meds or oral steroids may help your situation. ...Read more

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Can psoriatic arthritis make me lose hair?

Can psoriatic arthritis make me lose hair?

Not likely: To my knowledge this is not a common feature of psoriatic arthritis. Likely due to another contributing factor. Assessment of the patient with hair loss begins getting a description of hair loss, medical/family history. See you physician for an inspection of the scalp, hair, and other body sites. ...Read more

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Can psoriatic arthritis cause night sweats?

Can psoriatic arthritis cause night sweats?

Night sweats: Night sweats can be due to medications, infection,
Inflammatory diseases, menopause, malignancies. Since
Psoriatic arthritis is a. Type of arthritic inflammation, you probably can have night sweats especially if the disease is active. A rheumatologist 's opinion might be helpful ...Read more

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Can psoriatic arthritis cause trigger finger?

Can psoriatic arthritis cause trigger finger?

May contribute: Trigger finger is not an arthritis, but it is a nodular swelling of a flexor tendon that can cause the tendon to catch on the pulley system of the finger as it flexes and extends. Its usual cause is inflammatory. So, having a systemic inflammatory condition like a person with psoriatic arthritis has, their can be an increased risk. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Can psoriatic arthritis cause fatigue during a flair?

Yes: A psoriasis flair can cause many other symptoms (fatigue, malaise, etc.). See your doctor if there are any continued or worsening symptoms. ...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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What are some good homeopathic treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

What are some good homeopathic treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

Full case-taking: For a chronic condition like psoriatic arthritis you need a professional homeopath to thoroughly review your case. There are literally thousands of homeopathic medicines (remedies) that could be helpful to you at a deep level, to catalyze a healing process. Finding the ONE that's effective for you takes your willingness to describe your experience in detail to the practitioner, who will prescribe. ...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 indomethacin stop the progression of disease in psoriatic arthritis?

Unfortunately not: Tnf inhibitors are the main drugs that have demonstrated stopping the progression of psoriatic arthritis. ...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