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hi peeps, bear with me while I get this site sorted in my head, it takes a while these days. 
I've just been diagnosed with PsA after months of trying to get my GP to send me to e rheumatologist . In the end I used our private insurance , saw a wonderful man who took all of 10 minutes to tell me what my problems were being caused by.  I don't have the skin problems many people suffer so terribly from, but my brother does so I've got the gene. I've now been prescribed Hydroxychloroquine , for a 3 month trial to see if it suits me . I'm just so so grateful I finally know what was wrong and I wasn't just turning into a lazy indifferent ' can't be bothered' woman . X
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  • William GarzaWilliam Garza TexasPosts: 37
    Hello Phillylou
    Welcome to Arthritis-Health

    Ime glad you found some answers to your issues!
  • William GarzaWilliam Garza TexasPosts: 37
    edited June 2016
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  • Sounds like what I have been going through... won't be able to see the specialist until May but my mother and brother have the skin version and I haven't showed any signs.
  • May I ask what types of symptoms you experienced before diagnosis? I am experiencing joint pain in my fingers, hands and knee but no rash. My mother, two brothers and aunt have psoriasis. What should I be looking for? From looking at my blood tests my Doctor thinks I should be healthy but I can hardly walk around at times and using my hands is starting to be very difficult. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist next week.

  • It is good to get answers...They are hard to come by with many Rheum. diseases. I did not know that there was a psoriasis gene. Diagnoses tend to evolve over time. Hope the med works for you. I take that along with other meds for PsA.

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  • dcopertddcopert Posts: 1

    Hello all, this is my story. Any thoughts? After years of suffering with joint damage, I was finally diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis when I shared with the rheumatologist that I had a rash in back of my neck and my nails were horrible, that I even had 2 toenails fall off. Before I had a chance of saying all this, this pretty young MD stated that we all have aches and pains as we get older . I wanted to choke her. I didn't like her attitude so I wanted another opinion which confirmed my diagnosis. The second MD was very attentive and I really liked her. I have all negative blood tests but a hand ultrasound she ordered showed evidence of PA. As soon as she looked at my nails she was almost positive and that US confirmed. I loved this second doctor. That first MD put me on leflunomide which tripled my liver enzymes. So the second doctor rightfully did not want me to take anything until that was resolved. Unfortunately after only 2 visits with this wonderful MD who made me assuringly comfortable, left the practice far from my traveling area. After a few months I went to her associate. This MD questioned my diagnosis after 2 MDs confirmed the PA. Now I'm given a boat load of other e pensive blood tests that are all negative. She also wants an MRI of the hand to prove my DIagnosis. 


    If this MRI of lhand which I choose not to have proves anything I can't take any liver compromising drugs until a liver ultrasound which I did have. The gastro found it to be a fatty liver along with the affects of leflunomide. 

    After all this, and totally not liking this latest MD, I don't think I'm going to return to her or get the MRI since 2 other MDs diagnosed the PA. I could kick myself for even doing all the labs she ordered. I don't know if I should get yet another opinion or just suffer in silence . Besides symptoms I mentioned, I have much joint pain especially in hands and neck.  My feet are affected , lower legs like the Achilles as well as other joints. 
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