Koperr, I never told you about my non-psoriasis! It took ten long years between the time I got sick (except nobody thought I was sick) and the time I was diagnosed. I was stiff and sore and had painful feet. I was tired and depressed. Sooooo tired. My limbs hurt: I couldn’t raise my arms over my head in the shower. At night I would lie in bed, panting with pain: I was one big burning ache from the waist down. But my doc thought I was just OCD, fat, lazy and menopausal. Get told that enough and you start believing it yourself. I finally had to take early retirement from teaching because I just could not continue. I was diagnosed at 60 because of my joint damage.
After I was diagnosed, I recognized that I did, in fact, have psoriasis… I had really itchy skin that earned little more than a shrug from the doc. (Her exact words were “That’s why god made bath oil.”) And I had a bit of toenail “fungus” that defied treatment. Subsequently, the derm found a dime-size patch of Ps on one elbow which she declared Psoriasis. But I didn’t “have” psoriasis that anyone else – even I – would call by that name.
Then I remembered that years and years before I’d had a mystery skin problem: itching peeling raw patches … um … “where the sun don’t shine”. Steroid cream helped. Of course, that had been inverse psoriasis.
So yes, there are plenty of people who get diagnosed with PsA first. And they might never see Psoriasis. Or they will recall a minor eruption. Or the dermatologist asks and you realize “Oh, so THAT’S what “that” was.”
We like to think of ourselves as the “elite” of the PsA world. Kidding, of course. We’re glad you’re here, and hope you post really soon to say hello!