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I Have Psoriatic Arthritis

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    Life'S Getting Worse Every Year

    I got diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis this spring, after a lot of blood tests and examination. It affects the joints of my fingers, making many things extremely painful to do - not coincidentally, my fingernails were one of the first to change from psoriasis. It's also...
    Hidenow Hidenow 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 2, 2013

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    My Healing Process And Quiting The Drug That's Toxic.

    10 yrs. ago, I received my Herbal studies certificate & started my herbalism career. Then 4 yrs. after that, I was stricken w/ psoriatic arthritis & did not know that I have it. I was just jogging one day then after that, my knee started to swell & it became really big then...
    sisterella sisterella 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2013

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    Hate This Awefull Pain

    This pain is awefull, i have been on loads of different treatments, and not one has helped it or worked. The pain that im suffering is awefull, am now on nothing while im waiting for news about a grant to have the treatment i need. All i have is painkillers, the pain is getting...
    JJsPain JJsPain 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 25, 2010

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    Unsure Of My Future.

    I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was roughly 24 years old. My psoriasis was and is moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, some inverse psoriasis, and I have it pretty much everywhere on my body. Two years ago I started to feel constantly fatigued. I was having problems...
    marruk marruk 31-35 1 Response Sep 25, 2012

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    Frustrated With Unknown Health Problem. Suggestions?

    About 3 1/2 years ago I got my first hive and rashes on my wrist. Then as the days went on I went into a full breakout of hives, and my feet and hands swelled to the point of being restricted to bed and filled with pain. I was in and out of hospitals and going to allergist about...
    shebode shebode 26-30 1 Response Sep 15, 2012

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    Besides Psa, Does Anyone Else Also Have Raynaud's?

    Raynaud's is an Autoimmune Disease that mostly targets the hands and wrists, with immediate and extreme pain when exposed to cold.Anybody else out there?
    zachbri5 zachbri5 56-60 3 Responses May 21, 2012

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    I've Found Something That Works For Me

    I was diagnosed with PsA about two years ago (at 20 years old), although I have had symptoms since I was 14. My GP sent me to another doctor when I mentioned my hip pain from pregnacy never went away, and actually got worse after I stopped breastfeeding. My psoriasis very rarely...
    lilycaroline lilycaroline 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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    Never Defeated

    I am 41 years old now. I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 12 years old. The doc looked at my rashes then looked at my fingenails for tiny pits and ridges, which were present. He didn't know much about it, so treated it as any other skin rash. Boy, was it ever stubborn...
    injuntarian injuntarian 41-45, F 10 Responses Jul 17, 2009

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    I Could Just Scream!!!.....................

    This is awful! The itching, burning, ugly red patches. I can't sleep!!!!!! I've been living and dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for years, sometimes well and sometimes not so well. a couple of years ago, after a terrible auto accident and a stay in the hospital i started...
    veiledsadness veiledsadness 46-50, F 7 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    54 And Dealing

    hello I have psoriatic arthritis my whole body is involved I was diagnosed when I was in my early 40s I am 54 now about 6 years ago it went into remission up until a year ago I was enjoying life and doing all the things I love to do I loved my job as a LNA did it for 25 years I...
    howdydoodee howdydoodee 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2013

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    Diagnosed With Psoriatic Arthritis 2 Months Ago

    Hi I have been recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritus. I've had mild symptoms for a while but it totally flared up this past year and a half getting to the point where it went into both my feet and seems to have stayed there for months. fast forward after multiple trips to...
    movmctov movmctov 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    I Just Got The News...

    i've been feeling on top of the world lately. i took 2min off my 5km run and broke the 10.00 min mile mark, hiking more often, and enjoying some winter birdwatching to name a few things that have given back some time to myself. i went to the doctors today to talk about some...
    browneyeblues browneyeblues 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    Psoriatic Arthritis and Romance - Do the Two Go Together?

    I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in my feet and ankles when I was 15 years old (I'll be 24 in a few weeks time) and I started with psoriasis when I was 7. After two failed relationships over the past several years I can't help but wonder whether my arthritis (and how...
    Lolly1610 Lolly1610 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 28, 2009

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    Besides Psa, Does Anyone Else Also Have Raynaud's?

    Raynaud's is an Autoimmune Disease that mostly targets the hands and wrists, with immediate and extreme pain when exposed to cold.Anybody else out there?
    zachbri5 zachbri5 56-60 1 Response May 21, 2012

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    I Am A Writer...Concerned About My Future.

    It started during a time of high stress in my life, this psoriais, a disease I have learned to live with but secretly I have lived in fear of what next? It came last week when I started having swelling in my fingers, then my wrist, and now my knee. I have taken Humira for 5...
    lmcalli1 lmcalli1 51-55, F 1 Response May 8, 2013

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    Recently diagnosed- had knees swelling,

    hands sweeling/hacks & psoriasis on feet/elbows/hands for over a year & last Monday finally diagnosed, I am taking diclofenac have been for a while (does nowt altho reduced swelling in knees a few days then come back worse) & weekly methotrexate (starting at 10mg) just started...
    lolmcg1 lolmcg1 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    The Less Understood Type Of Arthritis

    When I mention I have psoriatic arthritis, most people don't know what it is. They expect to hear rheumatoid or some other form, which in itself is bad enough. In my own experience, because its not well known, its pretty much overlooked by people around me as not really having...
    honeysuckle23 honeysuckle23 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2013

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    Is Anybody Taking Enbrel Injections For There Psa.

    Hi my name is samantha and i was first diognoised with Psoriasis and PSA at the ealy age of 15. when i was first diognoised with PSA my RA put me on a high dose of cortizone to relieve me of the pain, the coritizone was a miricle, it was a quick fix that made the pain disapear...
    sjp28 sjp28 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 11, 2011

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    What To Expect

    I have been diagnosed with arthritis and have severe psoriasis on my head. It is in my knees, elbows, shoulders, hip lower back pain constantly. Now three days Ago I woke up with dry swollen and sore finger. Aleve doesn't help nor does Tramodol or ibuprofen. I'm so tired and...
    Lattelily69 Lattelily69 41-45 5 Responses Apr 30, 2012

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    This Sure Is No Picnic........................

    Hello all....I was diagnosed about 2 years ago but suspect I have had it for several years before. I have never been one to go to doctors. So a lot of symptoms I ignored. In short my feet, hands back and neck at  most affected.  My doctor tried me on Methotrexate but it was...
    onnmyown onnmyown 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2011

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    Recently Diagnosed With Psa

    I have had very mild scalp psoriasis since I was around 8 years old. It hasn't changed much and I haven't noticed more than a few tiny spots on the rest of my body that have eventually disappeared.. I am almost 31 years old now. Last year I noticed a swelling and pain in my...
    wbong13 wbong13 26-30 2 Responses Mar 11, 2012

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    Psoriatic Arthritis Vs ???

    Hi everyone, thanks for having such a great group available. I am a 59 year old female diagnosed with a plethora of syndromes/diseases,etc. In my daily routine I take 13 different meds, for the PsA it's methotrexate, sulfasalazine, folic acid, Celebrex and Enbrel. I was diagnosed...
    jeffersonpark jeffersonpark 61-65, F 2 Responses May 21, 2013

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    I May Have It...

    Since I was a kid.. I Believe back in pre-school? I have dealt with psoriasis.. it started out when I fell down on the play ground and scuffed up my knees and from there I had psoriasis which over the years has come and gone to different places. In Jan of this year I was...
    Crimsonstorm Crimsonstorm 22-25, F May 16, 2013

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    21 And Counting

    I'm pretty sure my symptoms began while I was still in high school. I thought I just had a severe dandruff problem. For a few years after I graduated, I just tried to put up with it, trying every dandruff shampoo I could find. None helped, although some kept it under control for...
    GuitarGirl19 GuitarGirl19 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2013

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    Understanding Psoriasis And Psoriasic Artiritis

    FRIENDS I am suffering from worstly effected Psoriasis, and since few months Arthritis has developed,I am undergoing Ayurvedic treatment at ARYA VAIDYA SALA at Kottackal situated in KERALA of INDIA. Pls. go to the website www.aryavaidyasala.com, if u require ayurvedic medical...
    DEMBLANI DEMBLANI 36-40 May 1, 2012

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    Young O.o

    I suppose i had psoriasis since i was young, i just never had it too bad so i only thought it was dry skin.  I didnt know anything was wrong.  I was in the navy for about 18 months when my knees started really bothering me, mostly my right knee a few months and...
    Zener Zener 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2009

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    What A Long, Strange Journey It's Been.

    I am a 59 yr old woman, diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (PSA) when I was 25, 34 years ago. The disease has progressed over the years, at first slowly, but then more rapidly with age. During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer, the Chemo killed the psoriasis, and arthritis symptoms...
    1 Response Jan 11, 2013

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    This Is My Story Of How I Was Found To Have Pa.

    i WAS GETTING READY FOR WORK SOME YRS AGO 30 yrs ago my right arm started paining me,it then started to swell,so i went to my doctor right away he did some blood tests, and they came back possitive to a kind of arthrities that comes and goes was all he could tell me...
    DOZYIDO DOZYIDO 61-65 1 Response Aug 27, 2012

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    "quack" Cures For Psa That Actually Worked For Me...

    i came down with psa in 2007. even though my psoriasis is quite mild (just a few areas in the scalp) my psa affected my entire body and there were times i wished i wouldnt wake up anymore the following morning because that's when it hurts the most. the doctors (there were 3) i...
    asianeric asianeric 46-50 Oct 11, 2011

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    My hands are hacked..

    . Can hardly bend & pain is ridiculous. Tramadol doesn't touch it. Feeling pained!!!!
    lolmcg1 lolmcg1 26-30, F Jan 29

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    Newly Diagnosed

    Was only told yesterday at hospital. Although I have 2 have my 12 x-ray results back 2 confirm it.  I had 3 blood tests and have a ultrasound scan on my hands coming up dont know when yet though. I carn't walk very far before my pelvis area, feet etc hurt. Im happy that I...
    blondiesindy blondiesindy 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2010

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    Frustrated!!

    I am 35 yrs old. While i was diagnosed only 8 months ago I have been suffering painful symtoms for 18 months now. My family Dr. couldn't figure out what was wrong with me after several test and ex rays. So he put in my chart it's all in my head as i would find out later from the...
    lenae35 lenae35 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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    Gotta Tell Someone

    i have had psoriasis nearly all my life, dr. after dr. just said its nothing to worry about, till last year when my latest dr. discovered that my entire spine was fused, i have or had one vertibret that wasnt fused, but it was severly damaged, in my lower back, the rest all fused...
    mikethestereoguy mikethestereoguy 46-50 Jul 11, 2011

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    Kim

    I have psoriatic arthritis and on humira for 3 years I called them my miracle injections my joint pains disappeared and so did my skin condition. After 3 years humira is no longer working for me my horrendous joint pains are back with a vengeance and my body and scalp is full of...
    Gibraltar1 Gibraltar1 41-45 4 Responses Jan 3, 2013

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    Untitled

    I was diagnosed with PSA (Psoriatic Arthritis) about 6 or 7 years ago so i would have been only about 14 or 15 this was only after i have manny tests and x-rays on my second toe and knee they first thought that i have broken my toe then they said that i had gout witch most drs...
    lillbomber lillbomber 22-25 1 Response Jun 20, 2010

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    Tattoos

    I was about 60% finished having my left arm sleeved out when the latest tattoo in my collection just would not heal.  It would scab and flake, scab and flake.  The conditions were as sterile as can be, although with tattoos, they warn cannot be 100% but I was reasonably...
    MadRavrrrr MadRavrrrr 31-35, M 7 Responses Nov 21, 2008

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    Smoking Helps My Psoriatic Arthritis

    Hi everyone! I am 28 and was diagnosed with Psoriasis 2 years ago. Since I also had the nail changes I knew psoriatic arthritis was probably following. The doctor also prescribed methotrexate back then, but I never took it since I love my wine and parties. Now two years later I...
    Carlipsa Carlipsa 26-30 1 Response Nov 1, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I have never took those stronger drugs as I never had insurance that would pay for them. I know of a friends wife who had Rheumatoid arthritis and took those. She has now died from...
    Didro56 Didro56 56-60, F 3 days ago

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    I suffer from oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and have done since nine years old. Whenever it flares up I end up having to be given steroids by my rheumatologist.
    BeccaLives BeccaLives 13-15, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    It's pretty painful most days. The systemic lupus likes to attack all the organs and the arthritis takes it's toll on my joints. I feel like it's eating away at me slowly each day...
    kaleidoscopekay kaleidoscopekay 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    I'm 51 female with breast cancer history. Sixteen years ago I had a lumpectomy chemo and radiation. I developed lymphedema in my left arm afterward. About a year ago a doctor...
    damsel50 damsel50 51-55, F Jun 30

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    And I hate it. It hates me back. 😛 Currently working on strengthening my core, so I can then strengthen my stupid arthritic back. So I don't have to take myloxicam (sp) or...
    tandherbarbarian tandherbarbarian 36-40, F Jul 6

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    I became ill very suddenly, almost overnight. I had excruciating pain in both shoulders and hip joints. I was sore all inside my body and extreme stiffness. Within days, I could...
    jvalle1146 jvalle1146 66-70, F 1 Response Jul 9

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    My symptoms started when I was 16. I began to experience widespread joint, muscle pain, and headaches. I was seen by multiple doctors who said that I was perfectly fine and just...
    eeeck eeeck 26-30 1 Response Jul 20

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    My symptoms started when I was 16. I began to experience widespread joint, muscle pain, and headaches. I was seen by multiple doctors who said that I was perfectly fine and just...
    eeeck eeeck 26-30 Jul 21

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    Hello, I am 21 years old. I had an exploratory laparoscopy last August (2013) for symptoms of endometriosis. First of all, I got my period early-at around 8 or 9 years old. Since...
    ky1478 ky1478 18-21, F Jul 9

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    I was diagnosed May 2014 after seeing my GP for hip and lower back pain. She referred me to an orthopedic doctor for further review who did an MRI of my back after determining I...
    Deelue Deelue 46-50, F Jul 12

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    My life has been roller coaster in every sense. Coming from middle class family in India, I was diagnosed for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at 14 yrs which took me 5 months of...
    smilealllife smilealllife 31-35, M 19 hrs ago

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    Since I'm the only person in this category thus far, I suppose I'll explain what this means for me. For as long as I can remember, I have subconsciously assigned personalities to...
    Visola Visola 22-25, F 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    Hi guys, I'm back and I've got a question. Do any of you lift weights? I am looking for some input. I have been lifting lately and so far the gains have been slow. I have lost a...
    Medic8or Medic8or 22-25 20 hrs ago

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    dear my EP associates, if you have added me to your circle, the only reason I havent added back is because we have not talked. if you wish to have me add you back, please talk. i...
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