As a rheumatologist, there is nothing more disheartening to see than a patient who has had several months, and at times, years, of joint pain due to psoriatic arthritis and who have only been treated with pain medications. Pain from psoriatic arthritis is often severe and patients who do not yet know that they have psoriatic arthritis will often require around the clock pain killers to go on with their lives.
But it does not have to be this way!
The field of rheumatology is rapidly evolving and we have so many options of treatments to achieve remission! No one with inflammatory arthritis should be asked to stay on pain killer to function as they only act as bandaid and do not prevent the erosion of the joints (or the ongoing inflammation that causes all kinds of cardiovascular issues among other issues).
Fortunately for the patients with psoriatic arthritis who get diagnosed, we have amazing medications . Soon, we get to the path of remission and are able to stop all pain killer as they are not needed anymore.
Continue reading if you want to learn more about psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis, an inflammatory condition that affects the joints and surrounding tissues. It typically occurs in individuals who have psoriasis, a chronic skin disorder characterized by redness and irritation of the skin. While psoriatic arthritis can be debilitating, it is also treatable with medications and lifestyle modifications. In this blog post we will explore how to diagnose psoriatic arthritis, along with treatments for this condition. Diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis Psoriatic arthritis can be difficult to diagnose due to its varied symptoms. Some common signs of psoriatic arthritis include swelling in the fingers or toes, pain in the joints that may shift from one joint to another, inflammation in the joints and surrounding tendons or ligaments, nail changes such as pitting or discoloration, fatigue or weakness, low-grade fever, stiffness upon waking up or after sitting for long periods of time. Your doctor may conduct blood tests as well as physical exams and imaging scans to help confirm a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Treatment Options for Psoriatic Arthritis There are many treatment options available for those suffering from psoriatic arthritis. Medications prescribed may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic medications (which , and as little as possible corticosteroids and more. Lifestyle modifications such as exercise, stress management techniques, weight loss, and dietary changes can also help reduce inflammation and improve overall health. The Importance of Accessing Quality Care It is important to have access to quality care when diagnosed with any type of inflammatory condition like psoriatic arthritis. At UnabridgedMD we provide superior care through the first direct care rheumatology practice in Colorado. Dr. Amigues who completed her rheumatology training both in France, and at Columbia University in New York City provides personalized care tailored to each individual patient’s needs. Our team understands the complexity of psoriatic arthritis and works hard to ensure our patients have access to the best possible care available – both through medication management as well as lifestyle modification strategies - so they can get to remission as fast as possible and live the life they were meant to live. Conclusion:
Psoriatic arthritis can be difficult to diagnose due its shifting symptoms that vary from person to person; however it is important that those suffering from this condition receive proper diagnosis so they can begin treatment plans early on in order to manage their symptoms better over time. Here at UnabridgedMD we believe in providing personalized care tailored specifically for each patient’s needs so they can find relief from their symptoms while living a healthy life despite their diagnosis . If you suspect you might be experiencing symptoms related to psoriasis then reach out today so we can get started on your journey towards better health! In health, The UnabridgedMD team. UnabridgedMD@gmail.com ph: 3038131030