Living with psoriatic arthritis

Learning as much as possible about psoriatic arthritis will help you navigate the ups and downs of your condition. It is also important to:

  • share what you are learning with your rheumatologist
  • keep track of your symptoms
  • develop open, honest relationships with your healthcare providers about how your symptoms are affecting you, including whether your joint pain and stiffness is affecting your mood, your ability to exercise, or your social life

If you are experiencing PsA symptoms, it could mean that you have too much

—which can lead to irreversible joint damage over time.

Also, PsA has been associated with other conditions that include the heart and eyes as well as with the gastrointestinal tract. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

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Lifestyle and diet

Your lifestyle and diet can play a role in how you manage your psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
  • Maintain a positive outlook. Joining an arthritis support group may help

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Understand PsA Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can cause irreversible joint damage—and may affect other parts of your body.

Sources: 1. Gottlieb A, Merola JF. Psoriatic arthritis for dermatologists. J Dermatolog Treat. 2019;1-18. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2019.1605142. 2. Psoriatic arthritis. American College of Rheumatology. Updated March 2019. Accessed August 15, 2020. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Psoriatic-Arthritis. 3. Psoriatic arthritis. Arthritis Foundation. Accessed August 10, 2020. https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/psoriatic-arthritis.

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