This is my first post.
It is likely to be a long one as I give you some details and attempt to put my thoughts together.
I am glad to have found this group, as I’m keen to compare notes and gather information.
I am a 50-year-old woman, living in Canada
I haven’t yet been diagnosed but from what I’ve been reading I appear to tick my many of the diagnostic boxes.
I understand that it’s important to act quickly to reach a diagnosis and treat aggressively to prevent joint damage so I will make an appointment to see the GP and move things forward towards a referral to a rheumatologist
Although I have never actually been diagnosed with psoriasis I think it’s likely that I have it, albeit a fairly mild case
Over the years I have had occasional bouts of scaly skin on my upper torso, primarily on my upper arms
This has been frequent over the last 5 years or so.
I think it’s very likely that I have inflammatory arthritis based on my symptoms.
I was in reading about the differences between rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis and the symptoms seem to fit the latter.
Regarding joint issues.
Around 18 months ago I stated to experience lower back pain and around 8 months ago the focus of the pain has been the SI joint on my left side
At the time it was a stand-alone issue and I thought it likely to be related to weak posterior chain issue as years before to that I had developed an issue with y left knee. The physio at the time thought it was related to that and recommned some strengthening exercises
Until recently and the latest developments none of this concerned me
Then in January this year I started to get swollen fingers and wrists. Not extremely swollen but noticeable and my rings and watch became tight
I put this down to either water retention or possible hormonal.
Then this month, starting a couple of weeks ago, I started to get tenderness and stiffness in my finger joints and wrists. This is mainly, in my right hand,
The stiffness in mostly in the first joint of the fingers and there is a general discomfort across the front to of my hand and in my wrist
I was reading that one of the main differences with RA and PsA is related to which finger joint is affected and also that joint issues tend to be symmetrical in RA
I have been taking ibuprofen twice daily and applying ice to my right hand, as well as wearing a glove to held stabilize the wrist and provide some compression
I have literally only started putting all of this together in the last 2 days
I am feeling fairly overwhelmed and concerned about how this will progress.
I am a pragmatic person, am conducting research on the illness, treatment and drugs but I’m feeling very anxious about this
I wanted to join a group such as this so that I could touch base with others who are going through the same thing.