PsA is a pain

Hello, my name is Ben and I was diagnosed with PsA in January 2014. I felt with pain in my lower back for a year and just thought I had back problems and kept going to the chiropractor. Of course it didn’t work. In August of 2013 my feet and ankles begin to hurt really bad and I just could not get my self to go to the Dr. I took pain pills but it was only taking a little bit of pain away. When all my other joints began to hurt I knew something was not right. I went and saw my Dr. And he ran blood work and asked me if there was anything in my family that I could think of. I told him my mom had PsA and he sent me to a rheumatologist right away. She of course went through my family history and ran x-rays, blood work and did an MRI. All my findings and with my mom having it she diagnosed me with PsA. We had a hard time getting my pain under control. She finally put me on methotrexate pills and they made me sicker then sick. So she switched me over to methotrexate injections about 2 months ago and I have not got sick from it. My joints feel good but when I flare up I don’t even want to get out of bed. Never even thought I would get diagnosed with something like this at 25…As we come to almost a year after being diagnosed I’m glad that I have such a great rheumatologist she has been very good and on top of things. And I’m glad I have my mom to talk to when I’m in so much pain. My kids now have a higher chance of having it but at least we know the symptoms.

You got diagnosed pretty fast, which is good. I worry about my kids too. I have PsA and my husband has psoriasis, putting them at increased risk. The only plus is that they already have an expert in the family.

My mom was diagnosed after I was, so I’ve been able to offer a lot of help to her.

Welcome to the group!

You nailed it, Ben: it IS a pain. But if you and your rheumatologist can get your disease under control, it is possible to live a good life. How is your Mom doing? Is her disease well-controlled? I think that one of the keys to coping with PsA is to become your own specialist in the disease. Learn all that you can, pay attention to your body, and be a full partner with your doctors in the search for disease control. Nobody expects to get this disease at 25 or at 60! But I do think that you were lucky to get such a quick diagnosis, and there are new treatments which hold great promise, coming out every year.
Glad you found us, Ben!