New to forum,being tested for Psoriatic Arthritis

Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 8.25am by amcfad

Hi to everyone, as I am in the early stages of being diagnosed there is some excellent information here that is helping me understand what is going on with various aspects of my health. I have found it difficult to get any effective treatment despite asking the Dr's for light therapy and to be referred to a specialist. The reply is always they will consider that we(the Dr's) should be able to help with ointments and creams etc.

I have had patches of psoriasis on my legs, knees, buttocks and behind my ear for about 12 years. I had also been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome over 20 years ago. Like most, I have good days and bad days.

I have just had blood taken yesterday as I have been having pain running through the side of my left ankle to my toe joints, weakness in both wrists and joints of my fingers (mainly the middle joints).

I have had a long history of back pain, both lower and around my neck, after the last bout in my neck the physiotherapist told me I had sciatica in my neck, I never knew it was possible, I have had it running down my leg a few times but that was a first.

From reading some posts it seems that it is all autoimmune related, there is still hope that I don't have PA at the moment so we will need to see what the tests reveal.

I hope to be able to contribute to the forum whenever i can,

Andy

Posted Wed 28 Nov 2018 8.26pm by wendyloish

Hi Andy,

I have said often that psoriatic arthrits is not the easiest thing to recognise. I was told for many years that I had arthritis in my back, and my knees, with more than one doctor making the assumption that I was suffering from osteoarthritis. (They did look at X-rays and reports noting the degeneration in my back and joints) I got to age 71 before it became clear that I had psoriatic arthritis. And that is only after I went on a water fast for a week and discovered that without food the arthritic pain would disappear. You see wear and tear would not subside with a fast!

So good luck with your diagnosis. Show your doctor your finger nails. Note whether you are better or worse first thing in the morning. Note whether both sides of your body are affected to the same extent. And ignore your physiotherapist. Sciatica is associated with the sciatic nerve that runs down your leg.

wendyloish

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