Psoriatic Arthritis - page 2

I have just been newly diagnosed with this autoimmune disorder. According to my bone scan, it is in all of my joints except my elbows. I have such pain in my hands, feet and back and my shoulder... Read More

  1. by   Mandarella
    thanks everyone for you input! i decided to take the enbrel for 3 months and see if it makes a difference.

    taking medications is a huge thing for i said before, i hate to even take ibuprofen. but the benefits outweigh the risks at this point. and i was told i am at a point where i may be able to head off serious damage.

    rn4ustat, i may just take you up on that offer. i would like to ask you some questions if you wouldn't mind. i will email you later on.

    again, thanks everyone for the help!!
    Last edit by Mandarella on Mar 23, '05
  2. by   Turtle in scrubs
    Hi Mandarella - don't know if you are still surfing the boards or not. If you are I was just wondering if you could give us an update. I've been dx w/ psoriatic arthritis and grappling with whether or not to start on meds. I've read a bunch about it, but right now I'm just trying to see what different peoples exeperience is.

    I hope things are going well for you.
  3. by   jessi1106
    Thanks so much for posting this. I know its now an older thread..but I too am hoping for an update.

    My husband was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in his 20's. He is now 40.

    Recently it has gotten MUCH worse. For awhile he was on prednisone (which helped greatly - but is not a long term fix). He now takes 2400mg Ibuprofin each day and is still in pain. His psoriasis is also getting worse.

    We are afraid to try some of the more 'toxic' meds. His doc really is pushing for methotrexate. We may want another child and are afraid of possible birth defects (not to mention the other potential side effects).

    I would love to hear how you or others are dealing with this condition.
  4. by   Tait
    My mom broke out in a horrible rash about 10 years ago and wound up with this arthritis. She was pretty crippled for awhile until she found her wonder drug: Aleve! She got clearance from her doctor to take up to 8 a day, but luckily things have calmed down and she now takes only 1 or 2 a day PRN.

    Best of luck to you!


    Oops this is an old thread :roll

    Ah well!
    Last edit by Tait on Jul 4, '08 : Reason: Old thread alert!
  5. by   morte
    try googling psoriatic+vitamin+D