Psoriatic arthritis has not only characteristic signs of psoriasis but also some symptoms of arthritis: the joints swell and hurt, the skin around them becomes bluish-purple color. Mostly the joints of the fingers and toes are suffered. The fingers swell so much that they become like sausages. A cold compress can reduce the swelling of the joint for a while, but a full-time treatment can be prescribed only by a doctor.
Asymmetrical pain. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis is often characterized by asymmetric pain. There may be 1-3 joints be affected, for example, knee, elbow, and wrist, but their paired joints are not affected. Tiredness and lassitude. Psoriatic arthritis may not be treated easily. It requires a lot of time and patient care. Very often, patients feel weak, lack of vital energy, and poor appetite. The fight against the disease, of course, makes the body weaker and provokes uncontrollable fatigue. Consult with your doctor what methods will be most optimal and less energy-intensive for you.
Backache. You should be alerted if for several months or years you feel an obvious stiffness in the lower back and sacrum, and a strong limitation of mobility in the lumbar spine or the entire spine. This restriction of the mobility of the spine may also be a sign of psoriatic arthritis. The patient’s ability to turn on both sides, to the right or to the left, and to bend forward or back. The ill person usually turns or bends over the whole body, with a “straight back.”