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What Is The Difference Between Psoriatic Arthritis And Polymyalgia Rheumatica
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: There is no reason you can't have a tattoo ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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