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    Old 12-18-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
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    Difference between arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

    How is psoriatic arthritis diagnosed? What is the difference between it and regular osteoarthritis? Thanks for any info.

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    Old 12-18-2006, 10:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Difference between arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

    About 95% of those with psoriatic arthritis have swelling in joints outside the spine, and more than 80% of people with psoriatic arthritis have nail lesions. The course of psoriatic arthritis varies, with most doing reasonably well. Symptoms include:

    Silver or grey scaly spots on the scalp, elbows, knees and/or lower end of the spine.
    Pitting of fingernails/toenails
    Pain and swelling in one or more joints
    Swelling of fingers/toes that gives them a "sausage" appearance

    osteoarthritis= wear and tear

    Old 12-19-2006, 09:01 AM   #3
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    Had to put a note in after reading your posts. I have psoriatic arthritis and it varies in many ways from Rheumatoid and Osteo, but all have the same outcome. My joints in my fingers, knees, elbows, toes and my spine have all deteriorated in the past two years, since having psoriassis. I am now registered disabled and find the disease very frustrating and annoying. Osteo is simply wear and tear, whereby Rheumatoid and Psoriatic are inflammatory diseases. I take immunosuppressants, painkillers and have just had depro medrone steroid injection to make me feel better for christmas. Psoriatic arthritis is not to be taken lightly, some people get it midly others, much more seriously. It doesn't go, they just try hard to make it better for you. If you have any more questions please post, I will try to help.


    Old 03-19-2007, 08:23 AM   #4
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    Re: Difference between arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

    when you say

    'simply' wear and tear you make it sound 'non painful' infact it is horrific! unless my doc has diagnosed me wrongly of course!

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    Re: Difference between arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

    Osteo Arthritis is from wear and tear (rubbing, pressure) on the joints, it's not an immune disorder like RA and the other mentioned. Osteo arthritis can be very painful and disabling. The medications that work on immune disorder type arthritis don't usually work on arthritis from worn out joints but you can still try antiinflammatory meds and other pain killers.

    Old 04-10-2007, 12:49 PM   #6
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    Re: Difference between arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

    Hi, I'm Joannie. I have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I see you have the same. I have been in alot of pain and so sick, am not used to be laid up like this. Thanks.

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