How You Can Manage Severe Pain Caused By Psoriatic Arthritis

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of disease in which a person experiences inflamed joints and skin complications. It can only affect those with psoriasis and is most common among Caucasians. This disease primarily affects the joints of the body and can cause a great deal of pain. It most commonly occurs among 30 to 50 year olds. There is no cure for this form of arthritis but temporary treatments are available. Pain treatment is often recommended for those suffering from the debilitating effects of psoriatic arthritis. Treatment for pain at a pain residential center may be the most effective form of pain treatment.

Approximately 10 percent of people with psoriasis will eventually develop this form of arthritis, although is often takes years (approximately 10) to develop. Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes skin to scale and itch. It is most common on the scalp, knees, and elbows. Cracking and damage of the nails is also common, especially in those who will eventually develop psoriatic arthritis. Those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are often recommended to seek pain treatment at a pain treatment clinic, despite the fact that an ultimate cure to these complications is unknown.

5 Types of psoriatic arthritis

There are 5 main types of psoriatic arthritis. Each of these types cause varying levels of pain and occur in different areas on the body. They include:

  1. Arthritis only occurring on a few joints at a time, one which never takes place on symmetrical joints in the body.
  2. Arthritis which takes place in the spine of the body causing pain in the spinal area and lower back.
  3. Arthritis that takes place in the finger and toes of the body and causes severe swelling of the joint closest to the nails. Cracking and discoloration of nails is common in this type of psoriatic arthritis.
  4. Arthritis occurring in symmetrical joints of the body. It tends to be similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Arthritis which is very rare and very destructive to the joints of the body. It primarily occurs in the fingers.

Symptoms of Psoriatic arthritis

Effects of psoriatic arthritis may include:

  • Conjunctivitis (also known as “pink eye”)
  • Heat in the joints of the body
  • Organ inflammation
  • Redness
  • Inflamed tendons and ligaments
  • Pain in the joints
  • Breakage, holes, discoloration, and other problems in finger and toenails
  • Heart complications
  • Grayish spots of parts of the body
  • Early morning stiffness in the body’s joints
  • Acne breakouts
  • Difficulty breathing

These symptoms can be very painful and damaging to the body. Sufferers are encouraged to seek pain treatment as soon as possible for psoriatic arthritis and other pain types. Pain rehab at a pain treatment center may be an effective way to begin this pain treatment.

Causes of Psoriatic arthritis

The exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown at this time, although there are many risk factors which may contribute to its onset. These risk factors include:

  • Hereditary complications
  • Infection exposure
  • Nail deterioration in those with psoriasis
  • Those between the ages of 30 and 50
  • Exposure to trauma

Managing Psoriatic arthritis

Managing psoriatic arthritis is a continual process, as this condition does not have a cure. Various treatments are available however, which may reduce its symptoms. By continually learning about psoriatic arthritis this may increase your chances that you will find an appropriate pain treatment for you. The following helpful pain treatments may be beneficial in managing psoriatic arthritis.

  • Heating pads
  • Exercise
  • Control of high stress levels
  • Medication
  • Skin creams and other medication for the skin
  • Simplify methods of performing tasks to avoid strain
  • Ice packs
  • Sustaining an adequate weight
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Surgery
  • Exposure to certain types of ultraviolet light
  • Adequate rest
  • Joining a support group

If you or your loved one is struggling with severe pain similar to pain which arises from psoriatic arthritis, seeking help at a pain treatment center may be beneficial. These pain rehab facilities offer assistance for those with a variety of conditions and offer pain treatment programs such as massage therapy and acupuncture. Individual and group pain therapy sessions may also be available at treatment for pain centers.

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19 Responses to “How You Can Manage Severe Pain Caused By Psoriatic Arthritis”

  1. Carol

    What about pain meds, celebrex was just denide from my insurance company, they stated it is not supported for psoiratic arthritis. What other type of meds might help. I live right now in a very cold part of the country, work outside, and can’t handle the pain. Don’t want to take ibuprofen every 6-hours. I have had the arthritis for the last 18-years, if not longer, thank you

  2. Marc

    Hi Carol, I also suffer from PSA. All of your questions can be answered at this site.

    We are a large online support group for Psoriatic Arthritis and are here to help you. Come visit the site and ask any questions you have. We have a lot of members and our collective knowledge base is staggering. Your not alone Caro.

  3. julianswilson

    For any kind of arthritis an early diagnosis is very much necessary so that you don’t have a risk to suffer from joint pain so it’s essential to practice physical activities. Some may have mild Psoriasis and for some it may be severe, they also have a risk of developing high blood pressure level and there is also a chance of becoming obese. For this one must maintain a healthy diet.

  4. Julia P.

    I have had trauma to my body after 3 cars hit my car . I am left with these symptoms and my life is ruined . I don’t feel consultants are aware of this condition . I am getting treatment after 18mths , of pain trauma in body and mind

  5. John

    My psoriatic arthritis has progressed to the point where I live in severe pain, I spend most of my time on the coach because I can hardly move. I have sought help for my pain, but I am treated like a criminal, drug tested etc. Pain medication isn’t a very good option but it is better than suffering 24 hrs a day. I still haven’t gotten any help and are just about to give up. The doctors are so afraid of drug abusers they refuse to treat anyone. I am on Enbrel and my doctors are doing all they can to help stop the inflammation but at some point a patient may need pain medication. If you find yourself in this situation, good luck.

  6. karen

    hi diagnosed with poly and psoratic arthritis i am on methrotexate which has not been a smooth ride luckily via anti sickness tabs now less ill with it but as for the pains their something else i get real bad flare ups in my legs and feet and shoulders my eyes are also effected sight changes frequently. try a product called dynamint it works but only temporary but better than nothing i suppose. heat the only option that works all said and done and rest.

  7. dorrie

    The Rub a herbal remedy traditionally used for arthritis, back pain, muscular pain, sciatica etc.

  8. Charles B.

    I truly feel for those who are asking for treatment recommendation on this site. I have been there. I have the most severe type of PSA and have had for over 25 years. I’m 43 now. I have lost every joint in one hand and all the length in two fingers on one hand and one finger on the other. I’ve had a heart attack at 38 years old and have tried every know biologic and Nsaid offered. At this point the VA has me on Morphine Sulfate twice daily and Oxycodone every 4 hours for break-through pain. This is working for me currently and may be something your Dr could prescribe to help you as well. I don’t know if this would be available to someone who is still working, but I am totally disabled so driving etc is not a worry for me. Just thought I would throw my 2 cents in, that this combination does help with pain management and at this point that’s whats important to me. Hope all those affected find a solution that works well for them.

  9. Denee'

    I have had many failed spinal fusions for scoliosis and I ended up in chronic pain. I had thought for so many years that I had fibromyalgia but after finally being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis that is extremely painful in my fingers and toes ( especially right under the nails ) and I had ribcage pain that was psoriatic arthritis for a couple of yrs. until I started on humira. Unfortunately this medicine has not relieved the awful pain underneath my fingernails and toenails. This pain gets especially bad when we have weather changes and season changes. What can help this pain ? I have gone through 6 spinal surgeries for scoliosis and I have never known that arthritis pain was this awful until the last few yrs. I am not a wimp and I have been dealing with chronic pain since 1994 at a pain clinic. The fact is , is that this type of pain does not respond to most pain meds well. A very long time ago I remember having Vioxx before it was taken off the market and that was the first medicine that truly had helped my pain level. Is there another medicine that works that well on arthritis pain now ? I understand that that medicine had caused heart problems and it had to be taken off of the market. That is really too bad ! Has anyone had good results from massage therapy and acupuncture with either relieving pain ? I pray that we will find a better answer for relief from our pain. God bless you, Denee

  10. Scott

    Yoga to reduce stress helps a bunch too!! Eat healthy, rest properly and drink alcohol in moderation!! Good luck!!

  11. B

    I recently had a partial meniscectomy I’m 5 weeks post op I was feeling fine and everything but yesterday I had like a numbness/tingling that goes from under my glute to about mid thigh on my non operated leg my glute feels sore and was wondering if this would help I’m not in pain but it’s annoying

  12. Nancy

    Hi Casa, thanks for this info.. Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Doctors will recommend treatments based on the type of psoriatic arthritis, its severity and your reaction to treatment.

  13. Elsa J.

    Currently waiting to see if I have PsA,,after reading these life experiences,it makes me see what a long road ahead it will be,there’s no cure,all bout pain management,through,diet/exercise,had a terrible year,painkillers don’t help,tired and unmotivated,got took off sick,put on jobseekers,money got stopped as they said I wasn’t lookin hard enough for work,don’t know what future holds,just totally @ wits end,seems like its a forgotten disease when it comes to Drs

  14. Laura B

    Does anyone know is psoriatic arthritis can cause inflamation inside the bladder, causing severe pain ?

  15. mumma

    Hi Laura
    psoriatic arthritis can cause bladder issues kidney issues you never know what will be next!
    very hard disease to handle!

  16. juanito

    im suffering now a severe pain due to artrithis and i need imediate response

  17. Casa Palmera Staff

    Please contact your primary care physician to assist you with your condition.

  18. Jereen

    I contracted psoriasis at age 49 and within same year psoriatic. I know psoriatics not suppose to happen that quickly but I didn’t contract psoriasis through heredity or any other natural way. I suffered an iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis of T3 at 10x’s my reg dose for 3 mos due to pharmacy error. To date there’s no data of anyone world wide who this has happened to that anyone knows about nor any research done at this level. General thyrotoxicosis meaning T4 or Graves’ disease for ie. can cause psoriasis. T3,Cytomel in my case is much stronger than T4 synthroid meds. The theory is that because of the increased strength of the T3 my body went into psoriatic arthritis much quicker. What do you think? Also, it’s important to note that it’s been 16mos since my overdose and I still have most all of my symptoms I had during the overdose(thyrotoxicosis) time. Once cytomel was stopped my body should have been symptom free within 2wks. I’m on disability now,I had to stop working and close my successful business of 24yrs that was my joy in life,I can’t drive,I sleep in a hospital bed and have my 30yt old daughter living with me taking care of me now due to injuries sustained from overdose. My pain is bad but I believe it’s under better control than all the other peoples stories I’ve read because I take Suboxone. Where I live you can get it for chronic pain. I use to take 80mgs Percocets a day and I’d wear a 75mcg fentenyl patch. Suboxone works much better than taking all the opiates. It should be FDA cleared for pain very soon. Thx