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I have osteoarthrits and psoriatic arthritis. My fingers are beginning to bend/twist and are quite painful. I take indocin (indomethacin) with little relief. Help!

See rheumatologist. Oa and psoriatic arthritis is an unfortunate combination. Both ( and often do)can affect the joints of the fingers.... As u know. Sometimes rheumatology docs can prescribe stronger meds which can be very effective for your arthritis . See a board certified rheumatologist. Best of luck! Read more...
See details. If the main issue is psoriatic arthritis, Indomethacin will not help. I virtually never use this drug because of the high risk of GI issues. If you have not seen a rheumatologist, do so. Read more...

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...

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...

Can you tell me about taking the disease modifying drug (dmards) for their psoriatic arthritis?

See details. The two major DMARDs for treating psoriatic arthritis are Methotrexate and the biologics such as Remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel and Humira among others. All are extremely effective, especially the biologics. All have potential side effects such as infection risk, reduced blood counts and liver disease. Read more...

Does early spinal involvement in Psoriatic Arthritis indicate more severe form of the disease with deformity?

No-there are 5 types. There are 5 different types of psoriatic arthritis. Back involvement is one type of these and there can be overlaps. Your rheumatologist can better advise you on the state of your risks and involvements. Many things impact this. Read more...

Is there a connection between psoriatic arthritis and heart disease?

Yes . People with psoriasis (including psoriatic arthritis) have higher incidence of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypertension and obesity, all risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis, presumably due to the inflammatory nature of the condition is more common in pa. There is some evidence suggesting anti-tnf therapy lowers the cardiovascular risk in patients with pa. Read more...

I have autoimmune disease. Diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. If I had osteonecrosis would I know? And how would I know if my hip has collapsed?

Pain. You would feel pain specifically in that hip. However, it is difficult to know whether the pain is related to autoimmune inflammation and just a current "hot" joint from inflamation. You could have osteonecrosis, especially if on long term steroids or more recent trauma, but first you would need an XRAY to tell you whether or not this is happening. Even xrays may not show earlier ON, may need MRI. Read more...