Psoriatic arthritis symptoms
Psoriatic arthritis can be a serious disease and can damage joints and other body systems, so it's important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. The sooner psoriatic arthritis is diagnosed, the sooner it can be managed appropriately.
Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include skin symptoms like red, scaly skin patches known as plaque psoriasis, as well as joint symptoms like pain and swelling. Additionally, psoriatic arthritis symptoms usually flare and then diminish, vary from person to person, and can change locations in the same person over time.
Common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis may include:
- Swollen fingers and toes, also called dactylitis
- Tender, painful, or swollen joints
- Red scaly skin patches known as plaques
- Reduced range of motion of the joints
- Morning stiffness
- Lower back, upper back, and neck pain
- General fatigue
- Changes to nails, such as pitting or separation from the nail bed
- Enthesitis, a condition in which areas where tendons and ligaments join onto bones become tender
The impact of psoriatic arthritis symptoms
The pain and discomfort of red, scaly skin patches as well as the joint pain, swelling, and stiffness of psoriatic arthritis can have a negative impact on your daily life—making even your regular, daily activities difficult. PsA can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Upon waking up in the morning, some patients experience stiffness that can last more than 30 minutes. Additionally, if the joints of the feet, ankles, or knees are affected, routine tasks like walking or getting out of a chair can be painful.
If you've experienced any of the symptoms above and/or are having trouble doing things like getting out of bed, cutting your own food, combing your hair, brushing your teeth or buttoning your clothes, tell your doctor.