Patient Comments: Psoriatic Arthritis - Diagnosis

How was your psoriatic arthritis diagnosed?

Comment from: david, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I'm 57 this year and three years ago my knees started to swell up and a rash appeared on my shinbones. My doctor diagnosed me with osteoarthritis, Ross river virus, and hip bursa, as I had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, hence the rash on my shin bones. I was sent to a rheumatologist. It was psoriatic arthritis. Three years down the track not only is it in the knees but in the ankles, feet, hips, buttocks, and lower back and sometimes hands and chest. I have tried many painkillers. I'm taking methotrexate along with Embril once a week injection and Targin, painkiller (morphine based), and Lyrica. I am still going down hill. One day I'm on my crutches, another day I can use just a walking stick.

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Comment from: lallen75, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

When I was 34, I started having severe joint pain in a couple of fingers. My grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis, so I went to see my doctor. After some initial blood work showed signs of inflammation in my body, I was referred to a rheumatologist. Through various tests, rheumatoid arthritis was ruled out. I continued to have joint pain in hands, one wrist and one hip. He was always asking me about psoriasis or a family history of psoriasis and there was none. I happened to scratch my head at an appointment (I thought I had dandruff) and he noticed. He looked at my scalp and suspected psoriasis and it was confirmed by a dermatologist. I then was formally diagnosed with PsA.

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Comment from: JR, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

Aged 45, I contracted chicken pox, which laid me low for 12 months off work. I was like a zombie most of the time and unable to work. About 12 months after this I got morning pains in my heels/feet, which was like walking on glass which lasted about 2 hours. My ankles were swollen as well. I was finally diagnosed 5 years later but also contracted in no order, engina, sleep apnea, Psoriasis, type 2 diabetes, Carpel tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis. Before the chicken pox, I was a normal adult with no major health problems.

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Comment from: Robert, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

I got out of bed for work when I was 30 years old, and within a few steps, I was overwhelmed by a sudden pain in my hip and fell to the floor. I could not walk for a year while going from doctor to doctor trying to determine what was wrong with me. A pain doctor, not a rheumatologist, determined that I had psoriatic arthritis. I have had psoriasis from age 4. Once properly diagnosed and medicated, I started to slowly improve and am now able to walk with assistance from a cane. Things progressed rapidly for me, destroying almost every joint in my right hand before treatment could be made effective. Every single joint in my body would hurt. I would have to circle the entire body to explain where I hurt. Many people treat me as if nothing is wrong with me because they cannot see it. I take Methotrexate, Humira, Gabapentin, Cymbalta, Hydromorphon (morphine), Opana, Propolanlol, and Hydrachlorathiazide. Before medication, I remained in the fetal position in indescribable pain. Now, nearly six years later, I can slowly walk like an old man with a cane.

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Comment from: Matthew, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 01

I was misdiagnosed for two years while working in the UK and by the time I was correctly diagnosed all the cartilage in the toes of one foot had gone and one knee and a few fingers .We're beginning to be attacked too. If I had been correctly diagnosed earlier and put on methotrexate this suffering and irreparable damage could have been avoided. I was thirty when this started and am now forty and living with the condition. I had to have surgery to wire my toes together and can no longer run, but exercise as much as I can with swimming and cycling which definitely helps the pain and soreness. Once a year or so I have my knee drained and steroid injections in it.

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