Psoriatic Arthritis question

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/16/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with PA about 6 years ago.  I am currently taking Enbrel.  I cannot take the anti-inflammatory meds because I also have stomach ulcers.  I have actually felt pretty good on the Enbrel...but I think I might be having a flare up.  I have had joint pain in my hips and also back pain. I cannot lay on one side for a long period of time before I have to switch sides.  I probably need to get an injection in my hip...but anyway...Here is my crazy question... Has anyone (women of course)  had trouble wearing a bra?  I know this is a very strange question...but in the last few months I have gone and bought 4 bras and they are killing me.  They are my size...I have checked and re-checked...but it is all I can do to get this thing off.  I am beginning to wonder if it is related to my PA.  Any ideas???
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   Posted 9/29/2010 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a good possibilty that this could be related. Where is the pain located to? Is it in the shoulder area or the rib cage? Both of these places are prone to arthritis, and since you already have PA, it could be affecting these joints now.

One other thing to look at with this, is if it is in your rib cage, it could be totally unrelated to the bra and PA and could be something called costochondritis. Costochondritis (kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Symptoms include:

* Pain and tenderness in the locations where your ribs attach to your breastbone (costosternal joints)
* Often sharp pain, though also dull and gnawing pain
* location often on left side of breastbone, but possible on either side of chest

Other costochondritis symptoms may include:

* Pain when taking deep breaths
* Pain when coughing
* Difficulty breathing

I have dealt with this pain on many occasions. My biggest trigger (according to my doctor) was the way that I was sitting. I was in turn causing stress and irritation to this area.

I hope this has helped.

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/26/2010 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly the pain and location you are talking about. It could also be some fibromyalgia. I suffer from psoriatic arthritis ,osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and there are times when my clothes hurt, and bras, forget it! i have purchased hanes comfort bras and they seem to help as far as soft and comfy. But occasionally even they feel like a tournaquet, i can barely take a breath without pain and thats when i wear a loose cami. Days when my pain level is up is a good day to stay home and pamper oneself
Hang in there.
Another thing i found helps me is my thermapaq, purchased at walmart. heat it up in microwave and lean against it anytime i'm having pain in that area.
Take care,

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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 9/25/2016 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I sure understand about the bra pain! I've tried all types of bras and the front closing cotton ones seem to be bearable , at times. I have occassional rib pain when touching my lower left and right ribs where it starts to curve towards my back. Sometimes even the pressure from my breast on this area makes it hurt when not wearing a bra. I've had pancreatic surgery 5 years ago with the scar being across and near the ares of pain. It comes and not see a pattern or obvious cause.
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