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Old 11-14-2010, 01:08 AM   #1
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Psoriatic Arthritis...please help

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Hi, My son, aged twenty six has just been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, he is in terrible pain all the time, back, ankle, fingers, toes. So far he hasn't had any meds for this, apart from pain killers which make him sick.
He still continues to work, which he wants to do, as he says this keeps him going. His uncle has the same condition and has been very ill over the years with it, sometimes unable to walk.
As you can imagine this has made him very depressed he feels his life is in a downward spiral, I am so upset, he is a wonderful, hardworking son, with his own house and a young family. Please can anyone tell me some good news about this condition, I try to cheer him up, but he is very unhappy.

 
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Re: Psoriatic Arthritis...please help

What treatment is he on?

NSAID's like naproxen should help him feel better quickly, and there are drugs like methotrexate that can control the condition long term

He can lead a pain free normal life, with propper treatment.

 
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Re: Psoriatic Arthritis...please help

Get him under the care of a rheumatologist(arthritis specialist). There are new drugs that can really keep it under control. PA can be very disabling if not treated aggressively and he needs a doc who will fight for the drugs he needs. The NHS tries not to give these drugs as they cost a lot but in someone so young, it is worth the long term investment. But he has to have someone who will go to bat for him. His primary should send him to a rheumatologist....now!

 
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I have had psoriatic arthritis for 7 years and for the last 5 have been on Methotrexate by injection every week this has cleared up my skin and helped with the pain in conjunction with Ibrufen. I do use a naturapath also and she supplements with magnesium and calcium tabs. I am not saying this will work for your son but it has helped me stay at work and stay active most of the time I still have my bad days of course.

 
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