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Psoriatic Arthritis VS Fibromyalgia

Dec 30, 2017 3:04 AM

So after months of testing my rhuemotologist has narrowed my problem down to what we believe is either psoriatic arthritis or fibromyalgia. My mom has fibromyalgia so I know the effects and symptoms. But I don’t know much about PA. I’ve had psoriasis since I was a kid.
The weakness, muscle aches, joint pain, and fatigue started slowly over the last couple of years.
Does anyone here have PA? What were your symptoms? How did you come to a diagnosis?

Dec 30, 2017 10:03 AM

My friend has PA and it was diagnosed by a rheumatologist. She is on one of the drugs like hunira as has done fantastic. In fact she just finished her Nurse Practioner degree. Basically I think I would rather have PA than fibro.

Dec 30, 2017 11:24 AM

I don't have either but researching RA will help you get a better understanding of the symptoms & drugs....i use drugs.com, webmd.com, medlineplus.com & healthline.com

Dec 31, 2017 7:57 AM

Thank you everyone!
@LMB. I agree I think. But it depends. Either one sucks but at this point I just want to know what’s wrong with me. The drugs for PA sound so scary so I’m glad to hear a positive story, especially since I’m starting nursing school and I’m terrified my pain and fatigue will disrupt it all.

Feb 15, 2018 5:35 PM

I also have PA as well as AS, OA, RA and other health issues. Mine is diffuse covering my back, on my abdomen and around my hairline. Thank goodness my hair sometimes hides it. I also have it on my ears and behind my ears. The itching is constant and there is pain, bleeding and inflammation and burning ( that’s with the PA) My Arthritis attack’s all my jouints. I have taken Enbrel injections myself as I am a retired nurse. Problem now is we have a new insurance and they want a $100 copay a month. Not possible with other meds I take as well as my husbands heart meds. The enbrel worked very well. (90% effective). Tiring with the constant barrage of symptoms. I deal with it all on a daily basis. Some days better than others. I pray that you will do well in nursing school, Good luck and Gods speed to you in all areas of your life. Sending you hugs 🤗

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