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 doctor
- 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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Doctor Discussion Guide
If you're not yet diagnosed with PsA, our guide can help you and your doctor understand your symptoms so you can get to a diagnosis. If you've been diagnosed with PsA, a personalized guide can help you:
- Be mindful of your symptoms
- Track your overall progress
- Share your details with your PsA specialist at every appointment
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
Psoriatic arthritis resources
Here's where you can find a downloadable, shareable fact sheet about PsA, links to other helpful websites about PsA, and downloadable Doctor Discussion Guide PDFs.
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.