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Everything You Need to Know About Psoriatic Arthritis

Less well-known than other forms of arthritis, this disease is closely linked to psoriasis.

8/3/2021 7:36:00 PM

Less well-known than other forms of arthritis, this disease is closely linked to psoriasis.

Less well-known than other forms of arthritis, this disease is closely linked to psoriasis.

Treatmentsno curefor psoriatic arthritis. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck without options. Your treatment plan will likely be all about controlling symptoms and preventing your joints or other impacted areas from further damage. “Some medications are more effective than others on particular body parts, so we pick a combination of drugs that will help the areas impacted,” says Dr. Efthimiou. So if you need treatment for your skin and spine, you would be prescribed a different combination of drugs than someone who needed to focus on their joints and fingers.

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:Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): These drugs, which include ibuprofen, target pain and inflammation. You can get them over the counter or your doctor may prescribe you a stronger dose.Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs):While they can’t reverse the damage caused by psoriatic arthritis, these drugs can slow down its progression, helping protect your joints from being damaged. A newer type of DMARDs, known as biologic agents, target the parts of your immune system that are connected to inflammation.

Immunosuppressants:Because psoriatic arthritis is caused by an out-of-control immune system, you might take this kind of medication to try to quiet it down.There are also some other procedures, like steroid injections in a painful joint or joint replacement surgery, that may be used at some point in your treatment journey.

Living with Psoriatic ArthritisJust like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis can have periods where it’s flaring up and periods where it’s more in remission. That’s why so much advice tends to focus on how to avoid future flares. Try to keep a daily log and see if there is anything that could be triggering your symptoms like

diet, high stress levels, or lack of sleep.Having psoriatic arthritis can also put you at risk for other health complications. “We’ve found that there’s a strong connection between psoriatic arthritis and both depression and metabolic syndrome—becoming overweight or obese, having high cholesterol, having insulin resistance,” says Dr. Efthimiou. The exact reasons for these links aren’t fully understood, but it could have to do with the high levels of inflammation in your body when you have psoriatic arthritis.

While being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis can be a shock,there are a lot of treatment options that can help you go on to live a full, active life.You will also want to do whatever you can to put less pressure on your joints. While it can be hard to lose weight, dropping a few pounds can both reduce the strain on your joints and make some medications

more effective. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, work on adding movement in as much as you can. Doing joint-friendly exercises like biking, swimming, yoga, and walking are a great way to feel your best.While being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis can be a shock—after all, this is a chronic disease you will be dealing with forever—there are a lot of treatment options and lifestyle changes that can help you go on to live a full, active life.

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