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The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis – pain, stiffness, and swelling in and around your joints – can have a big impact on day-to-day life, depending on the joints involved and the severity of symptoms. Talk to your doctor about the impact your joint pain is having on your everyday life.
Daily tasks such as cutting your own food, tying shoelaces or buttoning clothes, or even gripping a faucet to turn it on or off can be made much more difficult.
PsA can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position and make waking up difficult. In addition, morning stiffness is common and can last more than 30-45 minutes after waking up, making the simple act of getting out of bed in the morning an ordeal.
If the joints affected by PsA are in the feet, ankles, or knees, routine tasks like walking, getting out of a chair, or climbing steps can be painful and complicated.
As the examples above illustrate, psoriatic arthritis can be a serious disease, so even if you're not experiencing joint pain yet, it's important to watch out for it.
If you've experienced any of the symptoms below, tell your dermatologist, because the earlier it's diagnosed and managed, the better.
Take a look at the symptom checklist below. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, check them off and take the list to your next appointment with your dermatologist.
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?
Learn more about psoriatic arthritis from Refusing to Hide. This useful resource also includes tips, helpful insights, and simple strategies for improving your relationship with your dermatologist and living well with psoriasis.
In 80% of PsA patients, symptoms of psoriasis appear first. Typically, PsA symptoms don't appear until about 10 years after psoriasis.