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Finding Therapy for both Ps and PA
from Patty C.

Just read the story about Itchy and Cranky in NY - Yikes. I can feel for Itchy. I suffer from psoriatic arthritis and it isn't fun. It took a while to diagnose but thank God for my thyroid Dr. recommending me to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. It is a great bone and joint hospital in the City.  It was worth the three hour commute. The doctor there properly diagnosed my problem within one hour. He started me on dual drug therapy using Enbrel and methotrexate. The Enbrel has helped my joints and I am walking again but my P has remained an issue. Occasionally something will work for a few days but I would like to scratch my scalp off. It makes a person mad!!!

Couldn't do infusion therapy [Remicade? –Ed] due to kidney issues but I am hoping the Dermatologist will get on board with my Rheumatologist and switch me to Humira soon. Thanks for listening and understanding. Good luck with your issues and therapy.  –Patty C.

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Ed’s Response: Your experience is similar to the one I had in late 2003 when, after several months of P-arthritis remission thanks to Enbrel, my worsening skin P forced me to change my biologic to Raptiva. Then things reversed: my skin cleared, my P-arthritis came back with a vengeance.  Fortunately, there are some biologics that help a lot of folks with both their P and their PA. Humira is one of them, Remicade is another. I’ve found that, for me, both versions of P improve using Humira alone (i.e., no methotrexate). Good luck, Patty.  -Ed

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