If you have had psoriasis, and are experiencing joint pain, you might be suffering from psoriatic arthritis. In case you don’t already know, we can help you understand this painful condition.
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that encompasses two kinds of symptoms — joint and skin. People often mistake these symptoms for 2 unrelated conditions, but they might be connected.
Of people with psoriatic arthritis develop thick, red patches on their skin before experiencing joint symptoms.
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
There is no definitive test that can determine whether you have the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, therefore it can be difficult to diagnose. But your doctor or rheumatologist (an internist trained to treat arthritis and some other autoimmune diseases) might be able to understand your symptoms and help you with a diagnosis.
What Do Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms Look Like?
The symptoms and appearance of psoriatic arthritis vary from person to person. Although there is no one way to diagnose the condition, some of the most commonly found symptoms among people with psoriatic arthritis are:
- Joint pain, swelling or stiffness in one or more joints
- Red or warm joints
- “Sausage-like” swelling in your fingers and toes
- Pain in and around your feet and ankles
- Thick, red, scaly patches on your skin
- Lower back pain and stiffness
Psoriatic arthritis is a progressive disease, which means permanent joint damage can occur. Early treatment and ongoing management is crucial. It’s important to work with your doctor or your rheumatologist to get the right diagnosis and treatment for you.
Who Gets Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)?
PsA affects approximately 3 million adults in the US.
1.25 million people with PsA were undiagnosed in 2013.
A correct diagnosis can take many years and many different doctors.