Re: psoriatic arthritis.. anyone else?
I was told I had it 4 years ago. I had a lot of problems with my knees from the age of about 14. I was told it was growing pains and it would go away when I was about 17. It didn't and I just accepted that it was the way it was meant to be. Then 4 years ago my wrists, fingers, toes and ankles started to get very swollen with my finger looking more like a pork sausage. I went back to the hospital where i had blood tests, ultra sound scans and even a scan in a big loud machine. I was told I had Fibromyalgia then something else and so on till one day my nails went all funny. I went back and they sent me to see a rheumatologist who said that I had psoriatic arthritis. I was just happy to find out what I had. Since then I have been on all sort of drugs and tbh nothing has worked. I'm in a lot of pain and people look at me and say there is nothing wrong with you, your faking it. If only they knew. I am on at the moment methatrexate 20mg 8 tablets a week, folic acid 1 the day before and after methatrexate, sulfasalazine 500mg 4 tablets a day, gabapentin 300mg 3 tablets a day, diclofenac 75mg 2 tablets a day, paracetamol as and when but take 2 four times a day, and lansoprazole 30mg 1 a day as I get very bad acid with all the others I take.
I'm 34 years old and out of work, I use to work 50 hours a week on nights in a petrol station but it got too much and I quit. I had an accident in October last year where I got run over and I had a spiral fracture on my left ankle. The problems I had was trying to walk on crutches with arthritis in my wrists, I could only handle a few meters then had to rest. My foot is almost better now but I'm having so many problems with my other ankle. Its very swollen sometimes and other times I cant even walk, my two toes next to my big toe on my right foot are all bent inwards which don't help also. I cant run at all too painful. I just wish the pain would go away even for one day. I know its not the worst form of arthritis but its enough for me. I feel for the other folks. Anyways rant over n thanks for reading.