Welcome to PsA and Me!
If you’ve discovered our website then the chances are that you or someone you care about has been affected by psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Whether you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, you have a friend or family member living with PsA, or you’ve recently developed symptoms and are looking for some clarity; we’re here to support you through every step of your journey.
We understand the uncertainty of living with PsA. How a good day can very quickly become a bad one. How frustrating an unexpected flare up can be. And the ultimate challenge of dealing with a condition which causes two extreme, but very different, reactions in the body. Our community offers you support through the good days and the bad, and our bloggers are on-hand to offer their own unique perspectives.
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PsA at a glance
What is PsA?
PsA is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue (e.g. the joints and skin). The effect of this is inflammation, in turn leading to swelling, joint pain and stiffness.1
The disease lies dormant in the body, but can be triggered by a virus attacking the immune system, such as a nasty cold.1
Symptoms of PsA can vary depending on the individual, however they include:1
- Painful, swollen joints
- Tendon or ligament pain
- Skin rashes and weak nails
- Eye problems, e.g. redness and disturbed vision
- Trouble sleeping due to pain and discomfort
PsA fast facts
- Men and women are equally at risk of developing the condition1
- Up to 42% of people with psoriasis could develop PsA1
- The disease usually appears between the ages of 30 and 55 in people who have psoriasis1
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1 The Arthritis Foundation: Psoriatic Arthritis. Available from: http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/psoriatic-arthritis/ [last accessed: April 2016]