Have I got PsA?

Posted Tue 7 Jan 2020 3.53pm by meandmypsa

Here's a great Christmas present (a bit delayed): pain in the left knee, out of the blue on 30th December, and ongoing. My GP thinks it is psoriatic arthritis. What do you think?

Some clues:

– The pain started in the hip and rapidly descended to the knee, where it has been slowly getting worse. This was seriously getting me down until I started with ibuprofen gel today.

– I have had psoriasis-type flakey skin behind my knees almost all year. It spread to other places, but I have driven it back, almost completely, with hydrocortisone.

– I have a long history of minor psoriasis – decades, in fact.

– I also get arthritic pains in the base of my thumbs, and some of my finger joints are looking a bit out of shape (although there is no psoriasis on the hands).

I am on ibuprofen gel (on knee) for pain relief, and hydrocortisone to tackle the superficial psoriasis on the knee and therefore, hopefully, inside the knee.

I'm 90% sure this is psoriatic arthritis. Any other suggestions welcome.

Al W

Posted Sat 11 Jan 2020 4.10am by Sally8888 (edited Sat 11 Jan 2020 4.10am by Sally8888)

Did they do any bloodwork? There are inflammatory markers such as c protein or esr.

Posted Sat 11 Jan 2020 11.52pm by meandmypsa

Not so far. Thanks for that.

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