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Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis

I have been diagnosed with PsA. The psoriasis are starting. I have read John Pagano's book and am drinking Slippery Elm tea in the morning and Saffron tea at night. I am eating a very strict diet of no starch. My question is do I have to take drugs or a biologic? So many people say do the anti-inflammatory diet and then the rheumatologists are pushing drugs and biologics. I have back and knee pain, but nothing that tylenol doesn't fix. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I just fear all the… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

My Rheumatologist suggested a trial of Otezla. I am also very concerned about the aggressive nature of these medications. I have had an exposure to Hepatitis B in my past that shows up when Im tested. I don’t want to take anything that could allow that to become active. I don’t need any more dx.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I wish I could give you better advice other than you need to find a doctor that you trust! There is no one shoe fits all solution. Your doctor is going to give you the best advice on what will be best for you. I have found that to treat my symptoms it’s a combination of diet and medications. Albeit the medications haven’t been so effective as of late.. Listen to your doctor but more importantly listen to your body!

posted almost 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Hi AnnM,
I think Willy hit the nail on the head, There is no good suggestions for this and you should listen to your Doctor if you have a trust built up with them, and if not maybe try looking for another one and listen, you can google medications and doctors, and make a better decision from that good luck with whatever you decide to do sending gentle hugs your way

posted almost 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Hi AnnM, if you were asking me about Xeljanz, I have taken it only for two months. I believe it is helping but will need more time to tell Never take it without food in your belly. It is a once a day time-release drug. It can affect your stomach even later in the day.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Hi Ann, I know that it is very frustrating all the very serious side effects of immunosuppressants. Xeljanz is the only pill approved for PsA. It is not I biologic, but works to repress the immune system which is attacking your skin as if it were a disease. I have no experience with the diets.

posted almost 2 years ago
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