Hey There Karma479 - Welcome to the Arthritis Forum.. sorry it has to be under these circumstances. I know you said you had bloodwork done, are you being treated by a rheumy or by your Primary? The only reason why I ask is 'cause when I was being treated by my primary for my symptoms, I went undiagnosed for over a year.. Within 5 minutes of seeing a rheumy, I was diagnosed with PA.
I was 32 when I was diagnosed with PA. I started noticing symptoms when I was 30 though. I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 25.. My plaques were around my hairline and some on my back. But when I was 32, I started with pain in my toes. My toes would swell up and turn bright red and HOT! But not all at once, it would happen one toe at a time. My docs thought that I had just jammed my toe, until it spread to other toes. I later found out that the swelling of digits (fingers and toes) like that is called dactylitis. I also had nail piting. It looked like someone took a pin and dented my fingernails. Do you have this? My pain started in my toes, went to my ankles and knees.. I also have pain in my fingers, wrists and spine. So far, Enbrel has helped me ALOT. I can honestly say that if I hadn't gone on Enbrel, I wouldn't be walking today. 'Cause before I went on it, I had a hard time walking at all.
The thing with arthritis is that it is not discriminating. You said that you are 6'1", 163lbs and 22. All this is in your favor, the heavier you are, the harder it will be for your body if you do have arthritis, being young will also help you to stay active.. That is the main thing. You have to stay active. It's hard sometimes, trust me I know, but you have to do it. And if you do have arthritis, early detection will limit the damage done.
You will be able to do all the things you like to do again. I am in the Air Force, I am mechanic on airplanes. I am a mother of 3 kids. I didn't think I would ever be able to do my job again.. or be able to go out and play with my kids again. But I do. I go mountainbiking.. hiking.. jump on the trampoline.. swim.. all kinds of stuff.. there are days that I need to sit down and relax a bit, but for the most part, I don't let myself slowdown. I decided long ago that I was going to control the PA, it wasn't going to control me.
Go to this website MayoClinic and read what it has to say about PA. It's a really good and informative site.
I hope I've helped you a bit.. if you have anymore questions, please let me know. I'm always around!
Take good care, and hang in there.. we'll get you through this..
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