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I was searching & searching for a post about Psoriatic Arthritis. I am 24 years old and have had Psoriasis since I was about 10 years old - atleast thats when I was diagnosed with it. At first it appeared only on my scalp, but has since moved to my ears, elbows, abdomen, thighs & my butt! They're only little patches, some barely visible, but I know about them. It has totally diminished any self esteem I had and it makes it near impossible to be intimate with someone - especially during a flare up! Two years ago I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. This was only after going to my primary physician & seeing a physicians assistant about 10 times. Her excuse was my job - sitting in front of a computer all day. She recommended exercises & some anti-inflammatory meds like Vioxx & Celebrex but they never came close to suppressing the pain. I knew & had a big hunch it was Psoriatic Arthritis. When I was about 10 years old I had pain in my left knee & went to a specialist who at that time told me I had Juvenile or Adolescent Arthritis - I can't remember exactly since it's been so long ago. Well, it was bothersome, but not that much of a hindrance. It eventually went away - I don't have pain in that knee to this day. But - two years ago, being the clumsy person I am, always falling UP the stairs, or sometimes even down, slipping & falling or just stubbing my toes would cause the most excrutiating pain I had ever felt! Nothing would take the pain away but eventually I made it to a Rheumatologist and he confirmed it. I was first on Mobic with no luck and now I have been taking Arthrotec for over a year & it's helped TREMENDOUSLY! I had the same symptoms as you - pain in finger joints, toes, elbow, lower back/butt - I have to be VERY careful, b/c I know that anything I do to damage a joint can cause repercussions - meaning, I will definitely be feeling it later. I just wish there was something that could halt the damage - instead of something happening & ending up with PA, I would just want to heal & not live with pain forever. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I'm older if it's already this bad & I'm only 24! I get so frustrated some days b/c even buttoning a shirt is hard to do. And trying to open pop cans or anything in a glass container?? Forget about it! I will try & try & try until I can eventually get it open, but not without frustration & getting a little hot headed!! I am in need of seeing my doctor, b/c I haven't actually been in over a year b/c things have been going good. The only problems I have with Arthrotec is my insurance co-pay - $40 is a little steep, especially every month! I'm glad to see there are others dealing with this & that I'm not alone! I know there are remedies out there, it just takes time & probably more frustration & pain than anything!
I hear ya. It is good to know that Arthrotec has helped some.. I haven't heard of that drug. It is hard for me to grasp that there are sooo many other people out there with the same condition as me and just knowing that we are all living with this pain everyday is crazy. My prayers go out to everyone.

I have been suffering from psoriatic arthritis since 1986; a day that changed my life forever. I have been through the whole med. cocktail routine until my stomach and esophagus couldn't handle it any more and I went to Arthrotec to protect the stomach (75 mg) twice daily which helped a lot until I have gotten to a new phase where my tendons in my hands are swollen and deforming my hands.

My dermatologist who treats my psoriasis has recommended that I try Enbril but it is very expensive and I am not sure my insurance will cover it or not.

Look up Enbril on the computer and read about it.

Best wishes,

Olan :)