What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

You may recognize this post from my other site.

Lady with the Migraines

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that typically develops in people who have skin psoriasis.Both are autoimmune diseases, meaning the immune system attacks parts of the body. With psoriatic arthritis, the immune system attacks the joints.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include pain, swelling, and stiffnessin the joints, usually in fingers, toes, ankles, knees, and wrists.Some people have very mild cases of psoriatic arthritis, while others experience it more severely. The disease can also go into remission, giving you periods where you feel “normal.” Both men and women are equally at risk for psoriatic arthritis, and it usually appears between the ages of 30 and 55 in those who have psoriasis. 

Because psoriatic arthritis shares many symptoms with other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, it can be difficult to diagnose.Your doctor will want to know what your symptoms are when…

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2 thoughts on “What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

  1. TheFeatheredSleep says:

    If it’s not already hard enough to have depression the number of physical ailments and illnesses that can develop from being depressed is staggering. Sometimes I think doctors believe they are willed upon us, but how on earth can you do that? I would say it’s more the low mood that reduces our immune response and makes us more likely or liable to certain afflictions. Funny because if someone had cancer and got say, a really bad chest cold nobody would say ‘oh it’s because you have cancer, snap out of it!’ right?

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