I Have Psoriatic Arthritis

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    Recently diagnosed in June 2014 with psoriatic

    arthritis. Been told it's aggressive and some of my joints already damaged. Have worked since I was 16 and struggling to do anything now with the pain, it's horrific and am only 24. Looking advice and help from other sufferers.
    ch3ryl89 ch3ryl89
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 1, 2014

    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

    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...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 2, 2013

    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

    My hands are hacked..

    . Can hardly bend & pain is ridiculous. Tramadol doesn't touch it. Feeling pained!!!!
    lolmcg1 lolmcg1
    31-35, F
    Jan 29, 2014

    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

    I was finally diagnosed properly fifteen years

    ago after years of trying to deal with individual symptoms. In some ways it was a relief, but I also had to accept that I had a disease that I could try to manage but that would never be cured. I tried every possible combination of anti-inflammatory and pain meds, but in a...
    padraig17325 padraig17325
    56-60, M
    Jan 16, 2015


    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

    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
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 27, 2014

    Hello I'm new to the group I'm 32 yrs old

    and just found out I have PA I'm lost I'm in pain all day all night I can not move sometimes I can't even get out of bed and my wife of 10 yrs left me she said it was too much to Handel I need help on this
    lonnie432 lonnie432
    31-35, M
    Jun 1, 2015


    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

    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

    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...
    May 1, 2012

    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
    5 Responses Apr 30, 2012

    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
    May 8, 2013

    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
    1 Response Nov 1, 2012

    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

    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
    1 Response May 21, 2012

    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
    1 Response Sep 15, 2012

    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...
    1 Response Aug 27, 2012

    "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
    Oct 11, 2011

    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


    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
    4 Responses Jan 3, 2013

    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

    I was diagnosed 5 years ago at the age of 15.

    Something that has really helped me is changing my diet. I'm trying to stay away from the biological drugs as much as I can because they honestly scare me a bit, so my mom and I looked into more homeopathic remedies-and changing my diet has REALLY helped. Message me if you want...
    HardlySherlock HardlySherlock
    22-25, F
    Jul 1, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Jan 17, 2013

    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
    1 Response Sep 25, 2012

    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

    I'm a 23 year old male

    and was just diagnosed recently with a combo of Sjogrens Syndrome and Psoriatic Arthritis. My beautiful wife and I have a 14 month old baby boy. I work 2 jobs and with each passing day my arthritis hurts more. It's in my feet and the sciatic area the most. We can't afford for me...
    DylThe7 DylThe7
    22-25, M
    Dec 6, 2015

    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

    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
    56-60, F
    1 Response Oct 28, 2013

    I'm 17 and I was diagnosed with PsA at 13.

    I had JRA up until then. I've been on lots of meds and now I'm on Celebrex and Arava (leflunomide). I've been waiting for the okay to start simponi but b/c I'm under 18 they're not allowing it. I'm very nervous b/c in the passed month I've been getting tingling in my fingers...
    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 29, 2014

    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

    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
    4 Responses May 21, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    I was diagnosed with this several months ago

    and currently am on Plaquenil and Meloxicam for the symptoms. I have pain and swelling in my left knee, elbow, and knuckle and both wrists. Entesitis in my feet and chest. Psoriasis on my elbows, back, neck and scalp. I was a hard working Administrative Assistant for 10+ years...
    euphoricvoyage euphoricvoyage
    26-30, F
    Sep 21, 2014

    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
    56-60, F
    8 Responses Mar 25, 2012


    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
    1 Response Jun 20, 2010

    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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