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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)

Arthritis 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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Are liver biopsies for people with psoriatic arthritis extremely painful?

Are liver biopsies for people with psoriatic arthritis extremely painful?

Psorisis: Presumably the liver biopsy is being done prior to the use of a medication such as methotrexate. Liver biopsy should not be painful for anyone but can be. A local anesthetic is used to "numb" the area. In some instances the medication may not be completely effective or discomfort may be experienced after the procedure when the effect of the anesthetic has "worn off.". ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is 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. Tracy Lovell
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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 ...Read more