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Fibromyalgia Linked to Psoriatic Arthritis

Fibro Daily November 14, 2016

New evidence links elevated rates of fibromyalgia among patients with psoriatic arthritis. According to the study:

A single-center cross-sectional study has found elevated rates of fibromyalgia in patients with rheumatic diseases such as psoriatic arthritis.

Using the London Fibromyalgia Epidemiologic Study Screening Questionnaire to diagnosis fibromyalgia in both populations, investigators identified the condition in 53.33% of psoriatic arthritis patients and 4.54% of the controls (p < 0.001). Using the Symptoms Intensity scale (Sis) to diagnose the condition, they found fibromyalgia in 37.50% of psoriatic arthritis patients and 6.66% of controls (p < 0.001). “The findings in this study and future potential studies surrounding this issue have important implications regarding patients with psoriatic arthritis,” the authors of the earlier study wrote. “Patients with psoriatic arthritis with high disease activity status and poor functionality may benefit from fibromyalgia screening. - See more at: Evidence Supports Link Between Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

Additionally, psoriatic arthritis also links to Crhon’s Disease and interstitial lung disease, among other conditions.

Psoriatic Arthritis Defined

The National Psoriasis Foundation says that up to thirty percent of people with psoriasis develop the inflammatory condition known as psoriatic arthritis. The condition causes

  • changes in nails that mimic fungal infections; a separation from the nail bed may occur
  • dactylitis
  • severe fatigue
  • stiffness
  • joint swelling
  • .

    Some patients experience permanent joint damage if they delay treatment up to six months. Early discovery of the condition followed with an active course of treatment is the only way to relieve the pain, swelling, and to possibly prevent the permanent damage.

    A person doesn’t need to have psoriasis to develop psoratic arthrisits, but people without the skin condition usually develop it only if they have a relative with the condition. Futhermore, a serious case of psoriasis doesn’t equate to a serious case of psoriatic arthritis or vice versa.

    Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

    The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include the previously mentioned traits.

    Nail changes serve as one of the most helpful symptoms for diagnosing the condition. The dactylitis occurs along the whole finger or toe which helps doctors diagnose psoriatic arthritis from rheumatoid arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis, dactylitis occurs only on a joint of the digit.

    However, not every patient develops all symptoms. Just like fibromyalgia, the condition proves hard to diagnose because of these inconsistencies. Patients also experience flares.

    Additional symtpoms incldue tendon and ligament pain, skin rashes, eye problems like pink eye or vision problems, and a reduced range of motion. It’s important to keep in mind the previous comment on how much difference an early diagnosis makes when considering these symptoms as so many of them give the appearance of other conditions. For instance, it’s easy to mistake tendon or ligament pain for a sports or exericse related injury.

    If you experience all these symptoms at once, then you need to see a doctor right away.

    Treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis

    A number of treatment options exist for treating psoriatic arthritis. Again, starting the treatment as early as possible siginificanlty impacts the outcome so don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a doctor if you suspect something’s wrong. Read more about the treatment options here.

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