Active Living With Psoriatic Arthritis
Our expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about Psoriatic Arthritis. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about Psoriatic Arthritis treatment, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes thay can make to improve their Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms. The following questions deal with Psoriatic Arthritis treatments, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the answers.
I recently was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I'm a very health-conscious person and, if possible, I'd like to explore alternative treatments for my psoriatic arthritis (acupuncture, herbal supplements, etc.). Have any been proven to be effective?
Recently, I've been experiencing very sharp pain in my heels when I first get out of bed in the morning. I have psoriatic arthritis and am wondering if this might just be a new symptom. Does psoriatic arthritis cause heel pain?
I've been under a great deal of pressure lately and have noticed that my joint pain due to psoriatic arthritis seems to be worse than usual. Is it all in my head, or does stress have an effect on psoriatic arthritis symptoms?
I'm willing to try anything to improve my psoriatic arthritis symptoms, which are severe. I exercise, receive acupuncture weekly, and take over-the-counter (OTC) medications. I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps my diet might be playing a role in my symptoms. Will changing my diet help with my symptoms? If so, what kinds of dietary changes should I consider?
A good friend of mine recently switched to a gluten-free diet and claims that it has made a big difference in her eczema symptoms. She says that all sorts of conditions are related to gluten intolerance and that cutting gluten out of my diet will almost certainly help my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
I tend not to believe claims such as these, but I'm certainly open to trying any natural treatment for my condition that has been proven to be effective. Is gluten intolerance related to psoriatic arthritis? If so, what is the connection between the two?
I've read that light therapy can help with arthritis symptoms. Is light therapy beneficial for people with psoriatic arthritis? If so, is there an FDA-approved treatment my healthcare provider could recommend, or can I just go to a tanning salon?
I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis 10 years ago and have recently been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. I'm wondering if the two might be connected somehow. Is there a relationship between psoriatic arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease?
I'm a 38-year-old male who has dealt with psoriasis my entire life. I've recently been experiencing joint pain and am sure that it's probably psoriatic arthritis, which my father also had. Is my joint pain something that I can treat on my own using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, or should I talk to my healthcare provider first? What drugs are used to treat psoriatic arthritis?
I've heard that exercise can have a positive impact on psoriatic arthritis symptoms. I'd like to see if an exercise regimen could help me, but I don't know where to begin. What kind of exercise is most beneficial for those with psoriatic arthritis?