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Psoriatic Arthritis - Phil Michelson Cure Arthritis

Updated on November 25, 2016
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I have been writing about medical issues and all the new medical advances since spending 22 years in the nursing profession.

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


Phil Michelson

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.

Plaque Psorisis

Look of psoriasis on the knee
Look of psoriasis on the knee

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.

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


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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Celricep, I am glads this article was helpful for you and I appreciate your comments.

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    Celticep 3 years ago

    Very useful information, my husband has psoriasis and this certainly explains some of his joint aches and pains! thanks

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    Patricia, I am glad you stopped by and sure hope your medical problems get better, not worse! I am glad this article is helpful to you. Love those angels and I am sending some back to you.

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    Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

    Ouch. That looks painful.

    I do not have this type of arthritis but I do have it in my feet and back. But I just keep on keeping on and hope it does not become worse.

    This is so informative. I am sharing it with some friends who have this condition.

    Hope all is good with you and yours.

    voted up and shared

    Angels are on the way to you, Pamela


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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    FeeezeFrame, I hope your realtive gets a good doctor and the proper medication to treat this difficult disease. Thank you for your comments.

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    FreezeFrame34 3 years ago from Charleston SC

    Wow! This hub hits right home!

    These pictures unfortunately looks just like what one of my family member suffers from.

    I will definitely be sharing!

    They've tried countless home remedies and numerous doctors who have diagnosed everything from a fungal infection to pre-diabetes.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    fivesenses, I agree knowledge is power. Phil Michelson seems to be such a great guy, and this is a painful disease. It is wonderful that he has been able to continue with his career. Not everyone responds well to medication. Thanks for your comments.

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    Leena 4 years ago from new delhi

    Thanks for educating me about this....knowledge is power.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Cogerson, I am glad that you are better educated about this disease and I appreciate your comments.

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    Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

    You have written a very detailed hub on psoriatic arthritis.....I first became aware of this condition when Mickelson talked about it a couple of years ago. But I feel I understand the subject much better. It seems you did some massive research on the subject.....well that hard work is greatly appreciated. Voted up and useful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Ruby, I'm glad you found the hub useful. I know the pain must be awful and I have such sympathy for anyone suffering from the disease. Phil Michelson is such a nice man also. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Martie, Thank you so much for the link and I am glad you find the medical hubs useful. I like to write about complicated medical issues and I'm sure being a nurse for 22 years has a lot to do with that. I appreciate your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I know this must be terribly painful. Thank's for the information. I knew about Phil Mickelson. ( I am a devoted gulf and tennis fan. ) The age range was surprising to me..Thank's again..

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    Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

    Very interesting facts about psoriatric arthritis. Thank you for presenting this in such a neat and well-structured hub, Pamela. I like your paragraph dividers.

    You have so many excellent hubs about medical issues, so I'm going to post a link to your profile in my personal library.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Dianna, I thought the same thing and feel empathy even for those with psoriasis, let alone the arthritis also. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I am feeling much empathy for those who suffer from this auto-immune disease. It looks like it would really hurt. Thanks for the education on this disease and the natural ways to combat the effects. Voted up and shared.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    unknown spy, It would be more common to see a person with some mild psoriasis than the full blown disease. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    TTombs, I do also. This is a terrible disease when its at its worst. Thank you for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    drbj, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    oh myyy... you really are great to share this one.i never seen a person with this condition before. we'll just have to be careful.

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Wow, Pamela, this looks horribly painful! I feel for those that suffer from this infliction. Thank you for sharing this.

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    Very thorough examination, Pamela, of a fairly uncommon auto-immune disease. Thank you for your painstaking research.