I'm worried about my husband! He has had painful hands since about August last year. At the start it was just the joint at the base of the little finger of the right hand. It was very swollen, stiff & painful. The GP put him on anti inflamitary pills & sent him to the Physiotherapist for a course of treatment. This helped a lot but that finger is still a bit swollen & painful, particularly in the morning.
About November the same joint, but in the opposite hand, became very painful & swollen. He went back to the Docs. & had full blood test & X-rays of both hands. The blood tests showed no signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis & the X-ray showed some Osteo arthritis in both hands, but only in the small finger joints- not where he experiences the pain & swelling!
The Doc has told them that it could be referred pain from the Osteo Arthritis & prescribed more anti inflamitaries. He has already had 2 courses (each 6 weeks) of these pills & while they help the pain & swelling quite a lot when he is taking them, he has a shocking time after he comes off them- everthing hurts & the hands are worse than ever! Apparently it isn't advisable to take these particular pills long term- can wreck the stomach in some way.
My husband has had Psorioses for years & I was wondering if this could be Psoriatic Arthritis? Does anyone know if the symptoms fit? We are thinking of changing our GP over this because he seems to have decided not to investigate any further, & my husband is finding it difficult to function.
Sorry this is such a long post- just wondering if anyone knows the symptoms and/or tests for Psoriatic Arthristis. Any feedback would be greatly apprieciated!