Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

Written by Kimberly Clark
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By and large, psoriatic arthritis symptoms are very similar to those present in other forms of arthritis, with the obvious exception that it precedes or follows a case of psoriasis. Very often, the outbreak of the lesions and the arthritis occur separately. In the majority of cases, though, the lesions precipitate any signs of the arthritis.

Unfortunately, psoriatic arthritis sufferers are afflicted with the same painful joint inflammation as is commonly found in other forms of arthritis. However, in psoriatic arthritis, the swelling mainly occurs in the hands, feet, ankles, and knees. It has also been known to cause the fingers and toes to look like little sausages.

Categories of Symptoms

The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can be further broken down into 5 categories depending on the areas of the body affected. These categories are as follows: asymmetric, symmetric, distal interphalangeal joint predominant, spondylitis, and arthritis mutilans. Asymmetric is the mildest form and typically affects one to three joints on just one side of the body, or the equivalent joints on each side of the body.

Symmetric arthritis plagues four or more of the same joints on both sides of the body.
Distal interphalangeal joint predominant (also referred to as DIP) affects the joints in the fingers and toes. Spondylitis inflicts pain on the joints associated with the spine, such as the neck and lower back. And finally, arthritis mutilans is the severest form, which leads to the deformation and eventual deterioration of the bones.

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