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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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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 psoriatic arthritis?

What is psoriatic arthritis?

Common!: Perphaps 20-30% of psoriasis patients develop arthritis. So having a strong family history for both psoriasis and arthritis are very important rheumatology questions to ask! i believe it is more common than rheumatoid arthritis. This is true in my practice. Over halp of my patients with psoriatic arthritis do not know they have it, until a thorough investigation for hidden spots identifies it! ...Read more

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How do you cure psoriatic arthritis?

How do you  cure psoriatic arthritis?

No cure.: However, virtually completely remmitable. Old drugs, sulfasalazine, steroids, cyclophosphamide, and the new tnf-alpha inhibitors-enbrel, humira, (adalimumab) reimicade can work exceedingly well. The treatments usually improve the psoriasis as well. ...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 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 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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How does a dr diagnose psoriatic arthritis?

How does a dr diagnose psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis: The combination of psoriasis and arthritis on examination would indicate psoriatic arthritis. There is no blood test for it. In addition, arthritis with a family history of psoriasis could mean psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

Joint pain: Pain, redness and swelling of the smaller joints. ...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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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

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