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What do I need to know about psoriatic arthritis?

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Living with psoriatic arthritis has its challenges beyond pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

There can be an emotional side to the disease, too. It's not unusual to get frustrated by your symptoms and find it harder to do simple tasks. You may worry about the cost of your treatment or how it affects other people.

You can deal with these emotions in a positive way. While you may not be able to cure your condition, you do have a say in how you handle it.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Regulating Mood to Lessen Pain," "Psych Yourself Up for Exercise."

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Regulating Mood to Lessen Pain," "Psych Yourself Up for Exercise."

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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