I have been reading posts here on and off for at least a week now. This is the first post I have put up. I will keep it shorter so that it doesn't go on forever. About 1-2 years ago or so I noticed something with my elbows and showed my dad. He has psoriasis as well as "Psoriatic Arthritis". He looked at it and said "yea you have psoriasis". Since then it has come on and off. Right now there is barely anything at all there. Every once in awhile it will "flare up" and I will have some flaky redder skin.
About 4-5 months ago my right hand started having some pains and tightness in it. I had just started doing landscaping after being on a computer for years. I attributed the pain to the landscape labor I was doing. It wasn't until about 2-3 months later. About 2 months or so ago now. That I noticed the fingers in my right hand were starting to bend down some. There were also strange feelings of tightness and sometimes some pain. (The pain has never been all that much to be honest, except for some reason sometimes in the middle of the night I will have shooting pains and other pain). Strange it is always in the middle of the night. The tightness is there a lot though and some minor pain sometimes.
I have done massive amounts of research since then and at first thought I had rheumatoid arthritis. Mainly because I have seen and heard more of the finger/joint damage associated with that type of arthritis. Then I read about "sausage" fingers with psoriatic arthritis and thought that is what my hands/fingers look like. (sidenote... On my dads main hand his fingers are bent all the way down like you see in rheumatoid.).
My knuckles are almost always a little swollen at least and my fingers are now down a little more. I am just starting the last three weeks to feel some of the same kinds of feelings in my left hand, but it seems to be coming on much slower.
I don't have health insurance or a lot of money at all. I finally out of wanting a diagnosis went to an outpatient clinic here and they basically told me for what will probably cost me more than a few hundred dollars. That they could refer me to some places...(I was hoping to get blood tests done there, but they couldn't do the "complicated" blood tests to distinquish between rheumatoid and psoriatic.
So basically I got reffered to a few places I could of easily found myself. I have no health insurance and was told by the person at the clinic that rheumatologist specialists are "spendy" and "high dollar" Yea..shocker. I was assuming that..which is why I was at the clinic. I have already begun to go the natural route. Which will be updated more for me as I learn more and more.
My diet has already been changed and I am taking fish oil, as well as vitamin D and a few other things. I am doing an exercise program which includes yoga as well.
I find all kinds of people talking about every kind of pain and joint deformity other than the ones I am experiencing. Which is my fingers!!! I am wondering is there anyone out there that has gone through what I am going through??? I mean are there people with psoriatic arthritis with the finger/joint disabling or damaging types??? My toes also feel a little iffy here and there... But the main deal is in my fingers right now as they are slowly bending down. Bending down pas the middle joint of the finger is where it is. Anyone else out there with this type of arthritis??? Is it psoriatic??? Thank you very much for reading. :)