Psoriatic

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the cure for psoriatic arthritis?
    I know someone with psoriatic arthritis. What is the cure? Please don't waste my time with anecdotal evidence from anonymous people who drink expensive imported juice and claim to be healed.

    What treatments and cures are available? What science is behind the remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I do not believe there is a cure because it is caused by immune system problems. However, an arthritis specialist can prescribe medication that will help a lot. See a specialist in immune system and arthritis.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have psoriatic arthritis and take prednisolone. What are the long term effects of taking prednisolone?
    I am slightly concerned about long term use of the drug prednisolone, prescribed for arthritis. Also how my condition may develop in future. I have psoriatic arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      The longer you take it and the higher the dose generally the more side effects.
      Fluid weight gain can be a problem around the stomach, back of neck and rounding of the face.
      It can make your skin thinner - hence bruise easier.
      Also can deplete bone density - more of a concern for women.
      Can also make you very awake, kind of hyper feeling.
      It is a widely used drug, and not much negative feedback.

  3. QUESTION:
    Looking for naturopaths who could treat psoriatic arthritis in Sacramento without Enbrel?
    My young son is on Enbrel for arthritis. His uncle had psoriatic arthritis also and had been on Enbrel for 3 years, then had cancer 3 months ago. He died last week from it. His doctors thought Enbrel caused the cancer. We're looking for doctors to give alternative treatment without Enbrel.

    • ANSWER:
      Enbrel is a strong drug, potentially taking away too much of the immune reaction. You would be better off with antibiotics.

      Rheumatic diseases are the result of a defective gene and collagen inflammation, often from a chronic infection. Collagen is present throughout the body, from the eyes, skin and joints to the heart. Hence, the multiplicity of symptoms, depending on the location of the most affected internal organs or body parts.

      I have had seronegative rheumatoid arthritis for 27 years. The telling signs of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis are the following:
      - Joint pain in the feet (or cracking ankles) in the early 20's or late teens;
      - Fatigue, especially after a moderate exercise like a 30 minute walk;
      - Blood test showing a negative or low level of Rheumatoid factor;
      - Joint deformities of the fingers, after a few years, a specific sign of rheumatoid arthritis;
      - Consecutive X-Rays, over several years, showing bone erosion, a consequence of rheumatoid arthritis;
      - Generalized arthritis, involving the whole body;
      - Elevated levels of C-Reactive protein and Sedimentation rate, as evidenced in blood tests.

      NSAIDs like Voltaren, COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex, acetaminophen like Tylenol, and codeine are all used to control inflammation and relieve the pain of arthritis.

      Regular exercise like walking, biking and swimming is also helpful for most patients. Make sure that you are not overweight as carrying too much weight can only increase the pain of arthritis in the supporting joints of the hips, knees, ankles and feet.

      For any form of arthritis, you should consult an Orthopaedist who will order blood tests, joint scans and X-Rays to better diagnose the type of arthritis from which you suffer.

      The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at http://www.aaos.org maintains a public online directory where you can find the address and phone number of orthopaedists who belong to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Orthopaedists are listed by geographic location and family name, inside the USA and in most countries.

      The membership directory of the AAOS is located at:

      http://www6.aaos.org/about/public/members.cfm

      Lyme disease could be a possibility. Ask your doctor to test you for the bacteria causing Lyme disease.

      Are there any other cases of arthritis or rheumatic diseases among your relatives? Chronic forms of arthritis are usually prevalent in families where a defective gene is passed on by parents to their children.

      There are a few hundred types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The good news is that science is progressing rapidly in its understanding of rheumatic diseases.

      Antibiotics are now used to achieve full remissions for at least 40%, if not 65% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. For more info, please join the antibio group at:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/antibio

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do about the swelling in my toe due to psoriatic arthritis?
    I have psoriatic arthritis, which I take Enbrel for. It really helps, but I still have swelling in my big toe. Would like to find out it there is anyway I can relieve this.

    • ANSWER:
      As the inflammation in the joint diminishes so should the swelling. Sometimes toe splints help because the toe is immobilized...They can be purchased at the drug store..
      Good luck..

  5. QUESTION:
    Is It Normal For Psoriatic Arthritis To Get Worse During Winter?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and I am finding it flaring up pretty bad during the winter months where I live, Is that pretty normal? It seems to be the pattern from previous years as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the psoriais tend to flare up in winter and may need aggressive treatment. Please consult your physician

  6. QUESTION:
    Would psoriatic arthritis qualify for ss disability benefits?
    Was a waitress but cant work due to psoriatic arthritis. Would that qualify for benefits?

    • ANSWER:
      ssa.gov is the site you want,,, I'm disabled and am on social security disablity

  7. QUESTION:
    how is a psoriatic person can be employed if people find them unattractive?
    psoriasis is of unknowm etiomology.it is characterized by red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. normally a person sheds dead skin cells for about 3 days while in a psoriatic person these dead skin cells shed rapidly and go hayward only in less than a day.that caused the silvery scales which is not good to look at.its seen mostly at the face and upper and lower extremities.but for acute cases it's seen from head to toe plus the fingernails.categorically speaking this disorder is not contagious so it does not post any harm or danger to others. people with such condition is,moreover,intelligent individuals well educated backgrounds nonetheless most likely highly qualified in any field of work.however,in this world of ours,people judge people only on their outer appearance and priority is much given on those endowed with aesthetic beauty. why?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the industry and where they'll be working. Unfortunate as it may seem, most places wouldn't put a sufferer into a customer-contact role, because it will deter customers. Sad but true.

      On the other hand, people with this (and other) disorder can be quite successful in behind-the-scenes roles and their ailment will almost always be ignored by potential employers - once they know what it is, of course.

      Turning up to a job interview and not saying what it is, would not help.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a psoriatic patient to get pregnant?
    does it affect the fetus or the mother if a psoriatic patient gets pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are pregnant and have psoriatic arthritis, you may wish to get the most up-to-date information about what is known about the various medications you are taking during pregnancy. We can help. The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists* (OTIS) provides women and their health-care providers with up-to-date information about medications taken during pregnancy. When you phone OTIS, an information specialist will review all of the medications that you are taking or may be considering for use in pregnancy and provide you with the most current information available on the safety of these medications in pregnancy. All information is confidential and free of charge. Call us toll-free
      (877) 311-8972.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can drinking green tea help psoriatic arthritis?
    I've read it can help rheumatiod arthritis so I was wondering if it helped psoriatic arthritis as well.

    • ANSWER:
      No I am affraid it won't sorry

      xx

  10. QUESTION:
    I need to know, would having Psoriasis in my foot make me have Psoriatic Arthritis in my back?
    I have Psoriasis in my foot. I have really bad back pains ever since I got it. I am not sure if it is just normal back pains or if I have Psoriatic Arthritis.. Also, what can I do about the Psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Approximately 30% of people with Psoriasis have Psoriatic arthritis. You should speak to your doctor, he/she can to blood tests to see if you have any inflammation in your blood which could suggest arthritis. Have you seen a dermatologist about your Psoriasis? As the other answerer suggested, Enbrel is used for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, but it is a very expensive medication and is generally reserved for people with severe condition.

      Good luck.

      ....

  11. QUESTION:
    Can the severe symptoms of psoriatic arthritis be reduced?
    After several mis-diaganoses since my first visit to hospital in September 06 - they thought it was fractured metatarsals/ cuboid bones - my specialist has eventually realised that I am a long standing sufferer of Psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritis is now suspected after a bone scan and the blood tests should confirm it.

    I am due to see my specialist again on 10th January and the foot pain/ difficulty in walking has now spread to my knee causing locking, extreme pain and clicking noises.

    Even more tests and delays are now anticipated, possibly a MRI scan with a 19 week waiting list and a sample of fluid from my knee. Meanwhile I am only taking un-prescribed drugs - Ibprofen and Anadin Extra - and am worried that irreversable damage may be caused due to the delay in diagnosis. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Will I always suffer pain and disability? Why don't doctors ask the right questions & arrange the right tests when you see them? I feel let down by our Health Service

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment Options

      Skin care
      Light treatment (UVB or PUVA)
      Corrective cosmetics
      Medications: glucocorticoids, NSAIDs, DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) such as methotrexate, sulfasalazine, gold, cyclosporine
      Exercise
      Rest
      Heat and cold
      Splints
      Surgery (rarely)

      The wait for MRI scans is rediculous! I had to wait for about 2 months and only got one that "quickly" as I could get to teh hospital at short notice!!!
      I hope you get some solutions to your problem soon;

  12. QUESTION:
    I take red yeast rice to lower choesterol. Can it cause Psoriatic Dermatitis w/super oily scalp?
    I have read that Psoriatic Dermatitis is caused by yeast overgrowth. Either that or I have been misdiagnosed with PD. Should I stop taking the red yeast rice or am I on the wrong track? Thanks for any advice. ~Judy

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking Red Yeast Rice for several years, 3 times a day. Have had no problems at all like you mention.

      I like safer things for Cholesterol which is why I take it, and it DOES help!

  13. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my psoriasis and arthritis it caused?
    I have psoriasis and been diadnosed with psoriatic arthritis and it really killling my back and neck the doctors here only prescribe drugs which i dont want, is there any other way to get by with no pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Psoriatic Arthritis. Initially you need to make a health log. A diary and every night before you go to bed, write down what you did, what you ate and on a scale of 1-10, how you feel. Then after six months go back and read what you wrote and see if you can link up any 'foods' to how you felt. I found out that if I have a fresh orange juice every morning for breakfast, the third morning my joints were Hades. I cannot go anywhere near citric fruit, so have to get my vitamin intake elsewhere. Moreover 'refind' foods are not good can stomach them, but pay a price, silly things like white sugar. As citric acid is a preservative and sugar is located in many of our foods that we buy, I have to be careful. Next what to take, especially like you pain killers do wonders for the pain and my brain does not function! I tried a few diferent brands of anti-inflammatory drugs, until I found one that really suits me, been on the same one now for 20 years. I then read about Eskimos never succumbing to Arthritis, because their diet is 'fish' so what they term anti-inflammatory food. However I could not eat fish everyday, so opted for Omega 3 oils. I saw a Rheumatologist, who started me on Evening Primrose Oil and life really improved. Got a dog, went walking three miles three times a week, then joined a Pilates Class, really got my muscle tone up. Exercise produces endorphines, which are natural pain killers and it works. However been warned, exercise can be addictive, especially as you are self medicating, making your own pain killers.
      I am still here some 30 years after being diagnosed with Psoriasis and 20 years after the Arthritis, so I guess I must be doing something right! However their is no 'quick fix' and the answer is really in your own hands.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been put on Methotrexate treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis & what was the outcome?
    I've recently been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis which is basically Rheumatoid Arthritis brought on by having Psoriasis.
    My arthritis has suddenly progressed very fast & is spreading throughout my body like wild flower.

    I went to my doctor who wants to send me to a Rheumatologist & she thinks he will more than likely put me on this treatment.

    The thought of having low dose Chemotherapy drugs pumped through me was a little concerning so I declined the referral to the specialist & tried some Acupuncture instead.

    I'm 4 weeks into the treatment & have not seen any improvement or felt any relief from the pain.

    I'm 31 years old & am feeling 84 - especially of a morning!

    I'm wanting to know if there is anyone out there that can share with me their experiences on this treatment as I'm quickly approaching my wits end with the pain.

    I want to know - did it work for you? How long were you on the treatment for? did you suffer any side effects?

    I feel the need to make an informed decision & not just jump in head first. I'm yet to have a family of my own & feel it would not be fair to bring a child into this world that I can't be active with due to this terrible condition.
    There are so many 'what if's" that are filling my mind right now & I'd like to hear of some 'real life' stories if anyone is willing to share.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont have arthritis but I have Psoriasis and been on methotrexate injections for a while now for chrons disease. I find it works great, occasionally I get migraines and feel like crap on the day after I take it but no severe side affects. I know quite a few people who take it and never know anyone to have really bad side affects.

      Sorry, I'm probably not much of a help to you!

      And If you do want to hear my story i would be happy to email or Im or you can message me through yahoo.

      Hope you feel better soon!

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I avoid gaining weight while taking prednisone for 1 month+?
    I will be taking prednisone for psoriatic arthritis for at least a month, probably longer. I've been trying to lose weight and am terrified that I will blow up like a balloon.

    • ANSWER:
      I gained like 15lbs just taking that for a month. I found that I was eating everything in sight. I had the biggest appetite. But if you limit what you eat and what type of food it is you're eating you should be okay. Just don't go crazy. I have to take this every so often when I get an allergic reaction which I get often and haven't had any problems since the first time.

  16. QUESTION:
    We are planning to have a baby.Does my husbands medicines impact the quality of the foetus?
    My husband is having lots of ayurvedic medicines for psoriatic arthritis and is also under amilodipine for high BP.We want to have a baby and I am concerned that the baby should not have any abnormalities.Please advice?

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  17. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for psoriasis?
    I have a severe form of psoriatic arthritis. I have come on a RX that alleviates the pain of the arthritis, but my skin is in very bad shape. ointments and creams have not helped. And we are talking about VERY expensive RX ointments. Any home remedies anyone has tried for extreme conditions that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies:

      With regular doses of intense sun, 95 percent of psoriasis sufferers improve. It's the ultraviolet waves that fight psoriasis, and the UVB rays work the fastest. But there's a catch-22. UVB's are also the ones that give you a sunburn and run up the risks for skin cancer. They can also cause psoriasis sufferers to break out in previously unaffected areas.

      There is, however, an out. Sunscreen. "The benefits of sunbathing can outweigh the risks of skin cancer and spreading psoriasis if you use sunscreens on the places where you don't have psoriasis and only expose the affected areas to the full force of the sun.

      Get yourself a small UVB sunlamp to treat patches of psoriasis. You may prefer the UVA light found in tanning parlors, but it's weaker and needs much more time to work.

      Over-the-counter coal tar preparations are weaker than the prescription versions but can be effective in mild psoriasis. You can apply the tar directly to the plaques or immerse yourself in tar bath oil and treat your scalp with tar shampoo. Since even the OTC tars can stain and smell, they're usually washed off after a certain amount of time, but some kinds can be left on the skin to enhance the effect of sunlight or UVB treatments. "Tar makes you more sensitive to the sun, so be careful.

      Baths and heated swimming pools are excellent for psoriasis. Cold-water bath, maybe with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar added, is great for itching. "Another thing that really works is ice,". "Just dump some ice cubes into a small plastic bag and hold it against the afflicted skin."

      OTC topical cortisone creams are weaker than their prescription cousins, but they're worth trying, and they're safer on the face and genital areas..

      Researchers have discovered that covering lesions with tape or plastic wrap for days or weeks can help clear up psoriasis, especially if cortisone cream is applied first.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a way to soften clothes in the wash without using fabric softener?
    I am allergic to most chemicals and my clothes shrink in my uncontrollable dryer. Is there anything natural I can put in the wash to soften my clothes because when I hang them to dry they get they stiff and I have a weird skin arthritis condition called Psoriatic Arthritis and most chemicals really do damage to my flesh. So anything natural I can add to the wash or rinse cycle would be great! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can throw a tennis ball in the dryer - that really does work to soften the clothes obviously without any scent. Seventh Generation is a good company to look to for completely scent free fabric softener - or try your local Health/Natural Food Center....

  19. QUESTION:
    Why do I develop a fever every time my right knee gets swollen?
    I have psoriatic arthritis really bad. When my right knee becomes very swollen my forehead has a fever. When I take ibuprofen my fever goes away within 30 minutes. Why do I develop a fever everytime my right knee becomes swollen? Please dont scare me lol. Thank Thank you best answer will get 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      Your joints become swollen because your immune system is attacking your synovial fluid causing inflammation.

      Inflammation causes swollen joints, fatigue and fevers.

      Are you on any other medication than ibuprofen, like Methotrexate, Humira, Enbrel etc? These medications slow the disease down and should reduce the number and severity of your flare ups.

      .....

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any doctors online who could tell me the equivolent dose of amytriptaline to 210mg lofepramine?
    I am a 30 year old female who has struggled thru depression for the last 9 years. I also suffer from sciatica and psoriatic arthritis. I have been taking 210mg of lofepramine and various painkillers for years so my doctor has decided to try and just switch me to amytriptaline. Pain wise this appears to be working as my tramadol intake has halved, however from a depressive point of view I can feel myself slipping. They have only started me on 25mg of amytriptaline which compared to 210 of lofepramine seems quite low to me. Are there any qualified doctors who could suggest anything for me?

    • ANSWER:
      First, I am not a doctor. Amitriptaline is typically started at 25mg a day when used for chronic pain management. You indicated that you are also taking it for depression. In that case it should likely be increased over time if your depressive symptoms do not go away. The maximum dose is 300mg daily. But, 50-150mg daily is the standard for depression. It does take 2-3 weeks before maximum benefit is achieved. You should feel the effects much sooner, though. Talk with your physician. Do not adjust doses on your own.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I ease or eliminate this psoriotic arthritis pain?
    Back in 2011 I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. At that point it was in my left thumb, my left knee, right ankle, and right elbow. It has now spread to my lower back, right knee, left hand, right hip, and the toes in my right foot.

    Although I don't take it as often as I should, I've been prescribed a .8cc amount of methotrexate once a week. This helps with inflammation so my joints don't stiffen up where I can no longer move (its happened before) but because there is no inflammation acting as a cushion...I'm in quite a bit if pain. Mostly in my elbow, knees, and ankle.

    I'm told I shouldn't take more than 400mg of NSAIDs per day while taking the methotrexate. Is there some other way to numb the pain or at least ease it a little?

    • ANSWER:
      Please ask your doctor about the use of Minocycline or some other tetracycline in helping treat your arthritis. It helps me a lot. Also, eating salsa (medium to hot with chips) reduces inflammation and pain in me.

  22. QUESTION:
    Should I take a waiter job even though my knees are both swelled?
    Both my knees are swelled up b/c of psoriatic arthritis. Which means I can only walk for like an hour. I can keep walking, but the pain increases, with stiffness and swelling - but i NEED this job. Am I going to destroy my knee joints by working at this place?

    • ANSWER:
      Let's see here. You have a debilitating arthritis in your knee joints, which severely limits your mobility and duration. You know this already, but are still asking if you should take a WAITER'S job? A job that requires adequate mobility and duration? Well, duh. What do you think? Unless you plan to only work 30 minutes a day, you're probably not going to get far with that venture. Try going to school and get an education. So you can get a job sitting down.

  23. QUESTION:
    How likely is it to get pregnant this way?
    I am trying for a baby with my hubby. the problem is that he has a health problem that stops him from, ahem, moving sometimes. So, If I am ovulating and he is frozen with his psoriatic arthritis, is it possible to use his sperm manually removed for impregnating myself another way. I am choosing my words carefully and blushing. My options are limited. He will go on meds soon so he will be able to mobilise better but the meds make him effectively sterile for the duration of use.

    • ANSWER:
      Have him go to a sperm bank, where he can um... well lets say they can put it in a tube, then they can either inject it in you or tell you other options.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me any good experiences of methotrexate?
    I am soon going to start methotrxate (injections) for psoriatic arthritis but everything I read on the internet says how awful this drug is. Is there anyone out there who takes it and has no horrible side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      My MIL has taken it for years for Rheumatoid arthritis. She hasn't had any negative side effects from it. She has her blood drawn regularly to check her levels and they are always fine.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is It OK To Take Prednizone for a Psoriatic Flare Up While On Avara?
    I am having a flare up of my Psoriatic Arthritis and my doctors told me when that happens its OK to take a short 3 day course of Prednizone. But since then I have been put on Avara and wondering if its OK to do - I read where they can interact badly.
    Yea thats what I read - but the pain was just so bad I did it anyway - now its just a matter of when it kicks in

    • ANSWER:
      The two drugs combined can significantly lower your immunity, but s three-day course is not likely to raise a concern. I am not fully aware of all the potential consequences so don't take my word on this. Its best to call the pharmacist that filled your Arava prescription and ask them. Most pharmacists like to answer questions like this.

  26. QUESTION:
    Would using ankle weights help with knee swelling?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and am being seen by a rheumatologist, am taking Enbrel, MTX and prednisone. I sit for eight hours at my job, taking breaks once an hour to walk around & stretch. Would using 1 pound ankle weights to do leg lifts under my desk - help get the circulation going? Or is this a bad idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this would definitely help. I have arthritis in my hand (basal joint) and I use light 3 pound weights every day to strengthen my hand muscles. Weights for arthritis is very helpful because when you have arthritis weight bearing exercise it keeps the joints, ligaments, and bones strong. This strength of the bones, ligaments, and joints helps to stabilize the arthritic limb which will in turn reduce stiffness and pain in the long run.

      Try 2-3 pound ankle weights...they should work best!

  27. QUESTION:
    i have trouble bending my knees or keeping them bent what should i do?
    I do have psoriatic arthritis and im not on any meds for it. I stop taking medications and so the doctor didnt want me on any. I feel their is no point being on the meds because no matter what my joints are gonna get worst. Its a deteriorating of the joints diseases and some tother things. im only 21 so I cant afforded medical insurance right now so even if I wanted to go back to my doctor my medical wont take her anymore. What can I do? im getting scared I can barley walk steps. I cant bend down and pick something up unless I go all the way down but then I struggle getting back up.

    • ANSWER:
      you need meds. They control your symptoms and the biologic drugs like enbril treat psoriasis and arthritis and slow the deterioration of your joints. There is no way to treat it effectively without medications. You should have listened to your doctor. I am not sure what you can do if your insurance can't help you but maybe call enbrel support? They help me pay for my medication.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is my hip/leg hurting so much on sitting when hip x-ray is clear?
    I have had a bad hip for weeks now. It aches on ther top of the thigh on the outside and feels like a gnawing toothache on the inside (on the groin side). Doc suspected hip wear or psoriatic arthritis. However X-rays are clear and he is sending me to an orthopedic surgeon. It hurts to sit for a long time and feels like my butt bone is grinding on the chair. Any thoughts on what my pain is?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem might be inflammatory and it would be worth while your GP checking a FBC, ESR, CRP, anti-nuclear factor and a rheumatoid factor.

  29. QUESTION:
    is it true that the water in the beach can cure psoriasis?
    Is it true that when a psoriatic patient take a bath on a beach or a hot spring, he can get rid off his psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I worked for over a year doing surveying at a beach area, walking around in the sun all day. I will tell you that my psoriasis didn't get any better other than the areas that were in the sun. If anything, the sand irritated my skin and broke me out more as well as drying me out. Any salt products aren't very good on the skin if it's dry and can cause it to break out more so be very careful. Heat does soothe the skin. I use Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture on my skin twice a day and my psoriasis is pretty well cleared up. I'd try a thick lotion of your choice before doing anything like you're asking because with the bacteria in the salt water the skin is very sensitive and infection can set in if it gets into any cuts or abrasions that happen easily on the psoratic skin. Good luck with it

  30. QUESTION:
    I would like to know how I get out of the Army on a medical discharge?
    I have been in for 13yrs. have done tours in Iraq. I have psoriatic arthritis. And I just currently tore tendons in my ankle. I am Active Guard Reserve. An Active Reservist. I can't do the job anymore. I have tried for 2 years. I have asked and nobody seems to know. I love the Army just can't do it anymore. To many limitations.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get all your medical paperwork in order and set up a medical evaluation board - AGR has to first go through their state - if they determine you are non-deployable you will be sent to Ft Knox for a regular army evaluation board where they will make a decision as to if you are deployable or not. If they determine you aren't able to deploy or do your job you will be given disability rating and a determination made on payment.

  31. QUESTION:
    has anyone out there found something that works for psoriatic arthritis?
    ive had psoriatic arthritus not sure if spelt right.... for 3 years im 25 and have it severe in my right knee, im still working and struggleing through every day.
    but no tablet the give me from mtx to lef work. whats worked for you?
    also if you had bad psoriasis have you calmed it down? and how?
    thanks for your time

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Sumi

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you do if you can't afford Cobra from thejob you hadbeen laid off from andyou don't qualifyforMedicaid?
    Not only do you have psoriasis but it's possible you have psoriatic arthritis also. I'm sure I am not the only one out there in this situation so any answer would be helpful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Cobra will be the cheapest insurance you will be able to get if you are not employed.

      Depending on what state you live in, they have state programs that are inexpensive & don't restrict preexisting conditions.

      Otherwise, google free medical clinics & your state.

      In New York there's a program called HealthPlus.

      Good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid getting psoriasis?
    My father had severe psoriasis starting at about age 40. I have an identical twin brother who has moderate psoriasis as well as psoriatic arthritis. Nobody else in my extended family has ever had it that I know of. I am about 50 and I have no psoriasis symptoms at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Do not smoke. If you smoke, stop immediately. It's one of the best known triggers of developing Psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases

      Avoid stress where possible.

      Just live your life the healthiest you possibly can. Eat well and exercise.

      Good luck.

      .....

  34. QUESTION:
    Jobs for people with psoriatic arthiritis?
    I'm looking for a job which is always challenging but I have psoriatic arthiritis which makes it even more difficult. I'm wondering what kind of jobs are out there that I could physically do? I can't stand for very long or walk long distances, my hands tend to cramp up & my spine hurts constantly. Does anyone know of any jobs that I may be able to handle? Thanks in advance for any help! : )

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I have a different disability but some of the same problems :) .

      How about:
      Secretary( could actually be fun! At a doctors,school,office,vet,etc.)
      Librarian
      Any kind of shop worker ? (flower,food,pet,etc)
      Any kind of office worker

      You know, you could do a lot of things. I can't walk long distances, and my back hurts a lot, and I can't stand a lot either! .. I don't have the hand problems, they get sore but don't cramp up.

      Honestly, even if you wanted to be a doctor... ( if you have the right education) you could be! The college thing is hard.. because of getting around but there are handicapped doctors.

      Sorry if these ideas were stupid but I hope you find a job :)

  35. QUESTION:
    I have Arthritis and My Husband and I want to start a family, anyone know the best ways, diet, exercise etc?
    I have Psoriatic Arthritis, effects all my joints..... was on medication but am no longer.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the illnesses below and managed to have a son
      *diabetes *lung disease
      *psoriasis *muscle degeneration
      *ibs *anaemia

      Try to keep your muscles and joints working and as pain free as you can, take glucosamine vitamin tablets to help the joints & muscles & folic acid to raise your iron levels.

      Count the first day of your period as DAY1 and have sex as much as possible on DAYS 10 - 16 as this is your most fertile days

      Try not to think of sex as the means to getting pregnant you need to remember that it is your relationship that also needs time effort and care because a strong relationship can help you beat anything no matter what

  36. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a doctor that would prescibe me a seasick patch and some codeine before a cruise.?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and hate to be away from home due to pain that sets in at night but do not want to disappoint hubby. We are going on a cruise for the first time and I was hoping to accuire some pain medication for the trip just in case I need it and some sea sick patches because I know I will need them. I have no insurance or doctor I regularly see. I was with Kaiser before my insurance lapsed so I will have to pay cash at an outside physician. Has anyone tried this with success? Thank you for your reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally you can get this in any drugstore without any prescription, so try it there, and if not it can't be to expensive to get the prescription from an doctor..

  37. QUESTION:
    Why does my right testicle ache when my right lower back aches? Also, i have light colored scaley bumps on pa?
    It sounds like psoriatic arthritis except my skin has creamy colored scaly bumps and my toenails are discolored and brittle.

    • ANSWER:
      something is wrong go see your doctor, tell him the problem, he most likely send u to a Specialist.
      good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    I have a mild case of psoriasis on several toenails. I have NO skin symptoms at all.?
    Has anyone out there been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis? I am having some of the classic signs but blood tests do not show any of the usual arthritis markers. Just looking for info on experiences with this specific type of arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      Lucky you! I have the whole shebang! I just joined a yahoo group for psoriatic arthritis
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PsoriaticArthritis/

  39. QUESTION:
    in Australia is there a machine that registers pain like xray type machines or something?
    I want to prove to doctors how much pain I have, I have psoriasis, severe, and psoriatic arthritis, I am on 15 mg moloxicam, 20 mg arabloc, 200 mg sr twice a day of tramadol and panadene forte as needed for the pain, before I started the first three medicines I could not even lay on my back or sit and watch tv properly, my rhumatoligist knows this but seems to think I can work, pain is in my feet, tendons behind ankles, lower middle back, base of neck thumbs, 1st 2nd knuckle joints right hand, bottom of spine(coxic), other joints as well but are being controlled at the moment, jaw, headaches every week, and I am on a disability pension in Australia since 1995. And of course I went from being 9.5 stone to 17 stone, obese, as i cant walk far or exerscse. my pain is slowly increasing even with medication.

    • ANSWER:
      you cannot prove to anyone how much pain you are in. Its harse but no one probably cares. Pain is a personal thing that no one will be able to understand. I could not imagine how much pain you are going through. Think positive

  40. QUESTION:
    Have any of you known of anyone who receives Remicade infusions to develop lymphoma?
    Here's my situation and I would appreciate any informed advice or answers about this:

    I suffer from a number of health conditions, but I get infusions of Remicade every six weeks for psoriatic arthritis.

    Over 3 months ago I became very ill with pneumonia, probably as a result of the immune system taking a hit from the Remicade. Right before I became ill I noted a swollen neck gland and it didn't go away through three rounds of very strong antibiotics.

    My family has a high incidence of leukemia and lymphoma history.

    I've been scheduled for a CT scan of the lymph node, but I haven't had it done yet. Scared of the results I guess. I've been unusually tired and lack energy, when normally I'm a very energetic person. Yesterday I could tell I am getting sick again, but it doesn't seem to be respiratory. It's a low grade fever that comes and goes and my arthritis has flared up hugely, despite the usual good results I get from the Remicade.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      With Remicade, I know that there is a big question mark around that drug and it's association to cancer.

      Lymphoma often produces fever, night sweats, nausea, tiredness and swollen glands. The lymph nodes are really your immune system, that produce your white blood cells to fight off disease and infection.

      When your immune system is down considerably you are great risk for serious complications from infections etc. Have you had a white blood cell count? If it's low then your immune system is down. I sure hope it's not lymphoma. It can advance quite rapidly so please don't put off the test. I know because my young son had it. He's fine now as it was caught early and that is what you want to do for the best outcome.

      Best of luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    Have any of you known of anyone who receives Remicade infusions to develop lymphoma?
    Here's my situation and I would appreciate any informed advice or answers about this:

    I suffer from a number of health conditions, but I get infusions of Remicade every six weeks for psoriatic arthritis.

    Over 3 months ago I became very ill with pneumonia, probably as a result of the immune system taking a hit from the Remicade. Right before I became ill I noted a swollen neck gland and it didn't go away through three rounds of very strong antibiotics.

    My family has a high incidence of leukemia and lymphoma history.

    I've been scheduled for a CT scan of the lymph node, but I haven't had it done yet. Scared of the results I guess. I've been unusually tired and lack energy, when normally I'm a very energetic person. Yesterday I could tell I am getting sick again, but it doesn't seem to be respiratory. It's a low grade fever that comes and goes and my arthritis has flared up hugely, despite the usual good results I get from the Remicade.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Now don't get all upset, but look what I found (it's at the bottom of the box under "Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphomas"):

      http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2006/May_PIs/Remicade_PI.pdf

      Notice it does say Crohn's disease.....not patients with arthritis. No patient with arthritis has developed lymphoma because of the Remicade. None. It is scary though. But with your family history (if this IS lymphoma) I am betting it would have happened Remicade or not.

      You need to call your doctor right away and get that scan IMMEDIATELY. Please.

  42. QUESTION:
    thoughts on alternating Tramadol and Darvocet for severe pain?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and scleraderma and both are flaring . Darvocet helps mild back pain but I was put on both Tramadol and Ultram to be alternated every 4 hours and the pain in my hands and sacrum are still bad enough to bother me a lot. Any recommendations for better pain relief medication and what options to ask my pain management doctor about.
    sorry for the typo ,I meant to say I was put on Ultram/Tramadol and Darvocet at alternating times.

    • ANSWER:
      Or maybe - instead of taking more medications, I'd try some alternative methods, like acupressure, especially if I could do them myself, at home. In my opinion they are worth a try...

  43. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia and Arthritic symptoms better during period?
    Are there any fibromyalgia or arthritis sufferers out there who feel their symptoms improve during their period??

    I have psoriatic arthritis and fibro and I have been finding that since coming off contraception (implant) when I get my period every month for those 5/6 days my fibro/arthritis symptoms completely disappear. When my period is gone the pain and suffering comes back?!! I find this so weird. Can anyone explain this?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Methotrexate. My 83-year old mom is trying to wean off this drug. How soon will her short term memory improve?
    She's been taking about 5 pills once per week for two years for psoriatic arthritis, but recently, her short term memory has diminished.

    • ANSWER:
      Its hard to say for sure that the methotrexate is the cause, but if it is, her methotrexate toxicity will wear off in a matter of days. After 1 day, the concentration in her blood should be reduced by 75% or more. By the third day, there will only be a tiny trace remaining. Methotrexate inhibits the metabolism of folic acid. Assuming they won't interfere with anything (ask the doctor), she should take high-quality vitamins and nutritional supplements to aid in her recovery from the drug.
      If her memory loss is due to the methotrexate, with a proper diet you should begin to see improvement in as little as 3 days.

  45. QUESTION:
    Knee is extremely swollen is it dangerous?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and my knee is extremely swollen to the point of having no visible knee cap. The pain has also spread to the calf. Should I go have it looked at or just wait and see if the swelling goes down itself.

    • ANSWER:
      go have it looked at NOW

      that or use some ice cold pads, or a bag of frozen veggies, to decrease the swelling n see if that helps

  46. QUESTION:
    How has Remicade infusion helped your Rhumatoid arthritis?
    I will be starting Remicade infusion this week and am a little scared since reading of all the side effects and how dangerous this drug is. Can anyone tell me their experiences with Remicade. I have psoriatic arthritis which is almost the same as (RA). I'm 67 yrs old and am in good health otherwise.

    • ANSWER:
      I work with a Rheumatologist and we infuse Remicade in the office. The most signigicant thing is having an allergic reaction. We typically give these people IV SoluMedrol and Benedryl. Otherwise,you must be very careful with infections. If you have a UTI, Sinus infection or even a bad cut, the Remicade given shortly there after can cause major infections. Typically we use the rule of not getting Remicade for two weeks after the end of antibiotics.

      This is a very good drug and I have seen it practically cause miracles in patients.

      I hope the side effects done scare you and you give it a try. Please let me know how it goes for you!!

      Good Luck

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do i get a fever every time my right knee gets swollen? ?
    I have psoriatic arthritis really bad. When my right knee becomes very swollen my forehead has a fever. When I take ibuprofen my fever goes away within 30 minutes. Why do I develop a fever everytime my right knee becomes swollen? Please dont scare me lol. Thank you best answer will get 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      Your joints become swollen because your immune system is attacking your synovial fluid causing inflammation.

      Inflammation causes swollen joints, fatigue and fevers.

      Are you on any other medication than ibuprofen, like Methotrexate, Humira, Enbrel etc? These medications slow the disease down and should reduce the number and severity of your flare ups.

      .....


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