I’m just wondering what your first symptoms of PA were like.
I’ve had psoriasis for about 12 years starting in my teenage years. It’s mostly on my scalp, with some in my ears and on my back. The P I can live with, as it’s not much and mostly manageable, apart from the weeping that matts up my hair!
Now I’ve never seen a derm for it, gp has confirmed P, it’s rife in my family, but it’s never been bad enough for me to warrant needing to see a derm.
My problem lately is the joint trouble, which started about 2 years ago, it started in my tmj joint, I’m still waiting for my max fax appointment as I’ve just had an MRI on it, but it’s forever clicking and locking up, no pain in that joint funnily enough.
I get pain in my left thoracic pain if I sit up straight for too long, then if I adjust to a slight slouch I get pain in my lower back, also laying on my back too long hurts my lower back.
Sitting down for too long with knees bent is also troublesome, not with pain, but my left knee buckles under me almost as soon as I stand up.
Coming down stairs isn’t as bad as going upstairs for my knee, I don’t find my knee is painful, but it’s very weak and not as flexible as my right knee.
I have a couple of fingers that can be painful, but it’s the middle joints rather than the end joints. I don’t have nail P, I don’t think, I do get very small white spots under my nails, but no pitting. Although I do have very deep vertical ridges in my nails, some worse than others.
I don’t have RF as I was tested for that some years ago when my wrist was playing up, although that doesn’t bother me anymore.
I do find that sometimes my joint pain moves about, and that makes me wonder if it’s in my head as it really does feel like my body is playing tricks on me.
I do have iron deficiency anemia, have done for about 4 years on and off now, but my gp puts that down to me being female.
I’m only 28, so dread to think how my joints will be in 20 years time if I’m already struggling now.
I only have topical steroids and I take diclofenac for my joint troubles, I was taking naproxen, but my P flared,, gp didn’t agree the naproxen flared it, but changed it anyway.
Also, weirdly enough, my joint problems are only on the left side, I have absolutely no problems with any joints on the right
Do I reqeuest to see a derm? Or a rheumy?