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Psoriatic Arthritis - Phil Michelson Cure Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis - What is it?
Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes arthritis, which usually occurs to individuals who have psoriasis. Only about 1 out of every 100 people gets this disease. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to have red patches covered with silvery scales.
Approximately one in twenty people who have psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain and stiffness. Individuals who have psoriasis lesions on their nails are more likely to develop psoriatic arthritis. The cause of this arthritis is unknown; however, there may be a genetic component. Stress is also certainly a factor with this arthritis and with psoriasis. It is possible to develop psoriatic arthritis before developing psoriasis.
Phil Michelson, the Number 2 ranked golfer in the world, developed psoriatic arthritis in 2010. He has openly talked about his battle with this inflammatory disease. The disease started very suddenly for him, and he was almost crippled in the summer of 2010.
He went to Mayo Clinic and is being successfully treated with weekly Enbrel injections. He states he is pain free, and he has begun a campaign to educate the public on this disease.
Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include joint swelling and pain, skin patches of psoriasis and pitting in the nails. Joint pain with swelling and stiffness are the primary symptoms and they can affect any joint in the body, including fingertips and the spine. Disease flares of psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis can flare up at any time and may alternate with periods of remission.
Psoriatic arthritis symptoms may be mild or severe. The individuals with the milder form of the disease will have only a few joints involved, particularly those at the end of the fingers or toes. Swelling and deformity in the hands and feet may occur before significant joint symptoms.
More Serious Arthritis Symptoms
When the disease is more severe it will involve more joints, including the spine. The symptoms when the spine is affected include stiffness, pain and burning, particularly in the lower spine and sacrum. Another complication of psoriatic arthritis is Spondylitis, which is a condition that causes inflammation of the area between the joints and the vertebrae of the spine.
Causes and Risk Factors
It is thought that genetic and environmental factors play a roll in the development of this disease. Many people that develop psoriatric arthritis have a family member with this disease also. There are some possible genetic markers but science does not have all the answers at this time. The average age for developing this disease is between 30 and 50, but it can occur at any age.
A viral or bacterial element in the environment may trigger the development of this disease in those with an inherited tendency. Physical traumas may also play a role. It is certainly well documented that psoriasis can be triggered by a stress.
Psoriasis of the Fingers
Psoriasis Component of Psoriatic Arthritis
Pictures of psoriatic arthritis reveal skin changes showing large areas of psoriasis cells that build up rapidly on the skins surface. These reddened areas with silvery scales tend to be dry, itchy and sometimes painful. In some cases this disease causes pitted and deformed nails that become thickened and discolored. The nails may also become separated from the nail bed.
Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis
Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis:
- Anti-inflammatories are prescribed to reduce swelling and pain.
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine
- Immunosuppressant drugs: Imuran, Azasan, Cyclosporines, Lefluonmide (Avara)
- TNF-alpha inhibitors: For severe pain – Humira, Enbrel, Simponi, Remicade
- apremilast (Otezla), A new drug approved 3-26-2014 tha will be added to the existing class of biologic drugs used for this condition.
Each of these medications has potential harmful side effects, including suppression of the immune system, which make a patient more vulnerable to infection.Otezla can also have side effect, so be sure to ask your doctor questions about all your medications to treat this disease.
Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Remedies and Cures
Psoriatic Arthritis Diet Guidelines
Following a balanced, healthy diet will help reduce inflammation and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. The diet should include:
- · Fresh vegetables and fruits
- · Cold water fish, rich omega-3 fatty acids - such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel
- · Eat frequent, small meals
- · Antioxidant-rich foods – apples, beets, blueberries, kale, spinach and broccoli
- · Don’t skip meals to enhance their energy level
- · Avoid processed foods, high cholesterol or fats
- · Limit salt and sugar
- · Limit consumption of red meats as they may increase pain
Maintaining a healthy weight combined with exercise can alleviate some of the symptoms.
Psoriatic Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment
Psoriatric arthritis is a serious autoimmune disease. In a more sever case the medication have many toxic side effects and the patient must be ever aware that there immune system cannot ward off an infection like a normal person would. This is a painful and sometimes crippling disease.
People with psoriasis suffer with their skin lesions as well. Many different experiences that are stress related can trigger a flare. There are some homeopathic remedies on the market if you have psoriasis, but not psoriatic arthritis.
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby