Hey Karma - It took me a while before I was diagnosed as well... that the thing with PsA, it is hard to diagnose and until you go to a rheumy, you will probably not get diagnosed correctly.. I first started noticing the symptoms in October 2003, it wasn't until March 2005 that I was diagnosed with PsA... It took me that long to get to see a rheumy... I had no idea what was wrong with me, and I went to numerous docs.. My GP thought I had just jammed my toes.. and needed orthodics, so I went to a Podiatrist.. he thought I had broken bones, then it went to neuroma.. then after my bone scans and MRIs he realized it wasn't a neuroma, so he put me in a cast, which did nothing, but oh well.. then actually after I had looked some stuff up on the internet, and found out that there was an arthritis that was assocaited with psoriasis, I took that information into my podiatrist and he said "Well, why didn't you tell me you had psoriasis?" 'Cause he had tested me for RA, but your bloodwork may not indicate anything with the PsA... Within 5 minutes of seeing the rheumy, I had a definite diagnosis of PsA, Dactylitis and Spondylitis... I immediately started Enbrel, and have been doing great ever since. You need to see a rheumy, and soon!
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds - Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea