Do Your Joints Ache?

Do your feet hurt for no apparent reason?  How about your fingers?  Your hip and back is aching?  Well, if you have psoriasis then it would be worth checking out to see if the dreaded “psoriatic arthritis” is on the way in.

I got my first psoriasis spot in 1994.  Around 2000, 2001 I started getting very sore feet, and over the years it didn’t go away.  Around 2003 I started to get pain in my hips and back, but put it down to a side effect of my sore feet – and it changed the way I walked.  Of course finally I got diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2004, and realized that I must’ve had it way back in 2001.

The reason I bring it up is because the National Psoriasis Foundation announced that according to a survey they carried out apparently one in four people who have psoriasis, may also have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis.  So again, if you have psoriasis, and have some unexplained pain (or pain which you think is just ‘muscular’), then do please get it checked out.  If it is arthritis then there are good medications to treat it – which will have you feeling much better.  Also, in my experience the medication used to treat the arthritis invariably clears up psoriasis.  I guess that maybe the immune response which causes arthritis perhaps is much stronger than that which causes psoriasis, so the treatment required is of a stronger magnitude.  Or I could be wrong!

Anyway, there is no reason to be putting up with pain day in and day out, when these days we have wonderful medications and treatments.  Get it sorted!

By the way, these are the symptoms the NPF say to watch out for:

The National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board recommends that people with psoriasis and/or a family history of psoriasis watch for the following symptoms, and if they experience one or more of them, call their doctor.

  • Pain, swelling or stiffness in one or more joints;
  • Joints that are red or hot to the touch;
  • Frequent joint tenderness or stiffness;
  • Sausage-like swelling in one or more fingers or toes;
  • Pain in and around the feet and ankles;
  • Changes to the nails, such as pitting or separation from the nail bed;
  • Pain in the lower back, above the tailbone.
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