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Just diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis

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  • Posted By: graciejoy
  • October 7, 2006
  • 10:35 PM

My new dermotologist just diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis. I have had psoriasis since I was a kid and bad nails for 30 years but now I have all of this hand and finger pain and swelling. I am very active and depend on my hands a lot. She has suggested Embrel. But I have an HMO and I don't think it will get approved just like most of the other psoriasis drugs.:(
Has anyone had that problem and success using embrel. I have all of the symtoms and it is really starting to wear me down. :mad:

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  • Hi,I've been taking Enbrel for I guess about four years now for my PA. During that time, it has changed my life. Looking back, I've had this my entire life....but had no idea what was wrong. I can get out of bed now with no stiffness (used to take me up to 45 minutes to get out of bed), I'm no longer fatigued all of the time and have more energy, and my flareups are managible now. I have an HMO and they approved it...so go for it! If it works as well for you ...you'll be very very happy.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 09:47 PM
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  • I also was just diagnosed with PsA ( Psoriatic arthritis) and my doctor advised me that treatment drugs will be very expensive. He might try Humira. As for Embrel, how much do u pay after insurance??? Please advise. Also, how long have you been diagnosed with PsA? do you have children? I want to get pregnant but I heard it's too dangerous if I do treatment. Please advise.
    AchingCandee 18 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 04:27 PM
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  • Hi,Yep, I have two children and a grandson. My daughter is 24, my son is 15 and my grandson is 4. Looking back, I think I've had this my entire life...but didn't realize it was PA. I had a problem with the big toe joint and an operation on my 16th B-day, and was told that arthritis was the cause. I pay no co-pay for the Enbrel, however, it all depends on the contract for health coverages. I would suggest you call your health provider and ask them for the co-pay upfront. Mine is delivered to my home, from Aetna/US Healthcare's pharmacy. I've diagnosed with this for about four or five years. prior to that, my diagnosis was SLE (system lupus). Anyway, I'll take the PA over SLE anyday! Enbrel has worked miracles for me, along with methotrexate. When I first started this type treatment, I felt like I was a "kid" again because I felt so great! Good luck! Let me know how you make out. Bon
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 05:29 PM
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  • thanks for the info. I've trying calling the insurance and docter but it's such a difficult process. right now my doctor is giving me Steroid called Methyl prednisolone for 5 days and Celebrex twice a day...i heard steriod isn't good for you. i have asthma also so i'm kinda concerned.
    AchingCandee 18 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 05:20 PM
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  • Celebrex - Good/Bad????? I started taking Celebrex because of pain of inflamation. Couldn't even shift a car anymore or move my arms, when the doctor gave me prescription took it immediately and within about 2 - 3 hours noticed less pain. Have been on 400 mg @ day - 200 am - 200 pm, without any chest pains or other complications. Without it I can't function, but am concerned about what other people have said about possible interference with kidney function. Does anyone have any specific or definite information about this. If you do would you please email me.
    AchingCandee 18 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 04:26 PM
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  • Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 diseases that involve joint inflammation. Arthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness and swelling at the point where two or more bones come together. It is very common in adults older than 45. When inflammation occurs over a long time, tissue damage can occur. Arthritis can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions. No matter what causes it, joint pain can be very bothersome. Arthristis may also be caused by bursitis (inflammation of the bursae). The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion and pad bony prominences, allowing muscles and tendons to move freely over the bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Buy Online All Top Brands Arthritis Products on special discount offers at Nutrovit.com. ArthritisArthritis Article
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
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  • I've found this on interent and I was wondering if this is true. "Understanding the risks and benefits of different NSAIDs is important. All NSAIDs, including celebrex, help relieve arthritis pain, but only you and your doctor can decide which one is right for you. An NSAID like celebrex might be an option". Can anyone tell me? Thanks
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  • This are the side effects that could appear: stomach upset or gas may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe headache, unexplained weight gain, swelling of the hands or feet, change in amount of urine, difficult/painful swallowing. This drug may rarely cause serious liver disease. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking celecoxib and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, persistent stomach/abdominal pain, unusual fatigue. In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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  • Celebrex - Good/Bad????? I started taking Celebrex because of pain of inflamation. Couldn't even shift a car anymore or move my arms, when the doctor gave me prescription took it immediately and within about 2 - 3 hours noticed less pain. Have been on 400 mg @ day - 200 am - 200 pm, without any chest pains or other complications. Without it I can't function, but am concerned about what other people have said about possible interference with kidney function. Does anyone have any specific or definite information about this. If you do would you please email me.As far as I know about celebrex here it causes dark urine and this is one of the side effects that can alarm you instantly that something is going on with your kidneys, but I have taken it for a while and no complications appeared. I assume that as far as you feel better and go to your doctor periodically, noting wrong will happen.
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  • it is now in my spine is there anything that can help this p.a is getting worse
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
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  • I had blood results come back saying it did not look like I have arthritis, but I have psoraisis of the fingernails and terrible finger pain. Can you tell from the blood work if it is PA? I am not sure if I should rule it out, when I have all of the symptoms.Looking forward to info!!!!!!!!
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    • October 15, 2007
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  • hi,The first step in treating psoriasis is to use natural psoriasis medications. natural medications are creams, salves and ointments which have ingredients in them designed to soften the psoriasis plaques, thin them out, and in some cases slow down the skin growth response.for more details on treatment go to....fast psorriasis relief
    beatyneils 3 Replies
    • October 25, 2007
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  • Celebrex - Good/Bad????? I started taking Celebrex because of pain of inflamation. Couldn't even shift a car anymore or move my arms, when the doctor gave me prescription took it immediately and within about 2 - 3 hours noticed less pain. Have been on 400 mg @ day - 200 am - 200 pm, without any chest pains or other complications. Without it I can't function, but am concerned about what other people have said about possible interference with kidney function. Does anyone have any specific or definite information about this. If you do would you please email me. The choice is always given to the patient like the physician is offering you something beyond any riches you may have known. I have had RA for 14 years. I too was given Celebrex to "ease my pain and swelling". I thought I had finally been blessed. BUT, there was one little thing that wasn't told me- to stay out of the sun. After 15 minutes I looked like the attached pictures. The burns didn't show up until 3AM, the ER doc stood 5 feet away from me and NEVER touched me! I didn't even get a shot to try and stop the reaction. I went to my RA docs offic in the AM and they refused to see me. I finally went to my family doctor who CALLED a dermatologist. When I walked in the door I was taken straight back to him. ( Always wondered if it was to not scare away his waiting room of patients because the reactions on their faces were amazing. That was the only thing funny about the whole situation) I ended up having 3rd degree like burns, 5 types of creams ,exfoliants and shots to no end. This happened in Late April, by June I was allowed to go back to work upon the condition I had to keep all new growing skin covered. You haven't lived until you try to pat cream onto skin and instead both cream and skin come off. I had to dress similar to a muslum woman, long sleeve silk blouses and a huge kerchef to cover my face and neck because I worked outside driving a dump truck. I was very lucky in my dermatologist, he took excellent care of me. The only thing we disagreed on was he wanted me in the hospital after the 1st week. I refused on the grounds that he was NOT putting me in a whirlpool to exfoliate /clean off the dead skin- seen that, wasn't gonna do it. I had been from day one running luke warm water in my tub and forcing myself to lay in the water and swish myself around to do the same thing, that hurt as bad or worse than childbirth. My point to this rant? Ask questions, questions, questions. If they can't answer ask why not? Is their kickback from the pill companies worth more than your health and possibly your life. Do not put your faith in their words, investigate. I'm now looking at possibly being mis-diagnoised for 14 years or having another disease added to my complications. I'm not on disability BECAUSE my EX-RA refused to send records for 2 years to the disability board. I have been unable to work for 4 1/2 years, just taking a shower or feeding myself is a trial. I'm still fighting that battle. And like the rest of this, I will get through, I'm too hard headed to quit that easy. good luck.
    karen62 2 Replies
    • August 20, 2009
    • 08:34 PM
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