Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 15, 2018
Arthritis Foundation: "Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment," "How Common Is Psoriatic Arthritis in People with Psoriasis?" <br> Gary Botstein, MD, Emory at Decatur Rheumatology
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The earlier you treat your psoriatic arthritis, the better chances you have of slowing or stopping joint damage. And remission is possible, so work with your doctor to track your progress.
Living with psoriatic arthritis is like playing Pac-Man. You gobble up dots (do your daily activities) before the ghosts (psoriatic arthritis symptoms) get you. Cherries are like medicine -- they turn the ghosts invisible for a little while.
I thought that exercising would increase the pain in my hips, but movement has actually decreased the inflammation and has increased my mobility. Now I take two walks daily.
While others may not be able to understand fully the pain and challenges you face, it doesn’t mean they can’t care. Talk openly and share your struggles and strengths with those who ask.
Don't let pain keep you from moving your body. Start slow by doing what you can, even just 5-minute walks. Then make it a daily habit and increase as your body allows.
My chronic pain got so bad that I couldn't hold a pencil. My wife and I decided as a team that the potential benefit to my quality of life was worth the risk of trying a biologic. Two weeks later, I was able to resume my normal work routine.
Psoriatic arthritis is the hidden component of the psoriasis that people can't see. I try and educate everyone I can on the chronic pain so they understand what I deal with, often daily.
Help others with psoriatic arthritis find inspiration and guidance.
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