What are the symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis?
For many people, the joint pain of Psoriatic Arthritis begins after having had the itchy, raised red, scaly skin patches of Psoriasis for a period of time. A small number of people with Psoriatic Arthritis will have joint pain in the absence of noticeable skin changes.
We’re all different! No two people experience symptoms the same way, or have the same symptoms.
- Raised red, scaly patches on your skin that are itchy
- Sometimes these skin patches are also covered by a silvery white scale
- You may have a few concentrated areas of red, flaky skin or you may notice that large areas of your body are covered.
Remember: People with Psoriasis are at risk of developing Psoriatic Arthritis. It’s important to monitor your health and be aware of any joint stiffness, pain or inflammation. Talk to your dermatologist or family doctor if you have any concerns.
- Unusual pain, stiffness, swelling or heat in your joints
- Joint stiffness that “feels worse” after periods of rest or inactivity
- When you wake up, it can take up to 30-60 minutes for your joints to feel loose
- Note that some people experience this stiffness throughout the day or at night
Tip: If any of the above joint symptoms lasts for more than two weeks, you should talk to your family doctor. Make sure you mention any red, raised, scaly or silvery skin patches you’ve experienced – or that you have Psoriasis, if you’ve been diagnosed – as well as the joint symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
- Heel pain
- Lower back pain
- Nails that are pitted or separating from the nail bed
- Eye pain, light sensitivity, spots or blurred vision, resulting from inflammation within the eye – you may have heard the terms "uveitis" or "iritis"
- Very swollen finger or toe joints – you may have heard the term “dactylitis”
- Fatigue – with an increased level of inflammatory substances in the body, many people with PsA feel less energetic
- Weight gain is common as a result of decreased activity