There are more autoimmune diseases than you can shake a stick at, around a hundred different types of arthritis alone. One of those is psoriatic arthritis. Most people when they think of psoriasis, think of patchy dry skin that looks terrible. What many don’t realize is that it affects 2% of the worlds population and of that 2%, 10% suffer from a more painful arthritic form of the disease. From MedicineNet.com we learn…..
“The onset of psoriatic arthritis generally occurs in the fourth and fifth decades of life. Males and females are affected equally. The skin disease (psoriasis) and the joint disease (arthritis) often appear separately. In fact, the skin disease precedes the arthritis in nearly 80% of patients. However, the arthritis may precede the psoriasis in up to 15% of patients. In some patients, the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis can be difficult if the arthritis precedes psoriasis by many years. In fact, some patients have had arthritis for over 20 years before psoriasis eventually appears! Conversely, patients can have psoriasis for over 20 years prior to the development of arthritis, leading to the ultimate diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis is a systemic rheumatic disease that also can cause inflammation in body tissues away from the joints other than the skin, such as in the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Psoriatic arthritis shares many features with several other arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, and arthritis associated with Crohn’s diseaseand ulcerative colitis. All of these conditions can cause inflammation in the spine and other joints, and the eyes, skin, mouth, and various organs. In view of their similarities and tendency to cause inflammation of the spine, these conditions are collectively referred to as “spondyloarthropathies.”
Did you read that last paragraph? That is something that a lot of people are not aware of. You think Arthritis, you think joints, bones, but not organs. Unfortunately, some Doctors are not aware that this disease can affect the organs either. This is one way that the internet has been extremely helpful in those who suffer from this disease as well as many others. But never, ever, totally rely on this form of education. It is a tool, a useful tool, but that is all it is. Your best form of information and help if you suffer from this disease or any other, is a knowledgeable Doctor.
To learn more websites like MedicineNet.com and others are out there and are wonderful resources, but they can not take the place of a Physician. They can also help with questions for you to ask your own Physician, as well as some of the newest medicines available as well as the old standards that sometimes work better than some of the newer ones.
Do you know someone who suffers from this debilitating disease? I suffer from it myself. Many of you may know me from my own website. I am quest posting this for Annie while she is recovering from her shoulder surgery. My name is Patricia aka loopyloo from My Blog and The Christian Gazette, I also post on Grumpy’s Opinions and Christian Blessings.
If you would like to learn more about this disease, or many of the other autoimmune forms of Arthritis, I encourage you to check out some of the information on WebMD, MedicineNet.com, or some of the others out there.Another great resource is the National Psoriasis Foundation. If you would like to ask me questions, please feel free, I will answer what I can. I admit that I am not an expert, just a sufferer.
- Nearly One in Four People With Psoriasis May Have Undiagnosed Psoriatic Arthritis According To a Recent Study From The National Psoriasis Foundation (prnewswire.com)
- Psoriatic Arthritis: 9 Risk Factors (huffingtonpost.com)