February 11, 2019 — It is important for patients with psoriatic arthritis to be knowledgeable about other ailments and diseases related to their condition. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic reported that researchers and doctors from the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis recently released guidelines about screening psoriatic arthritis patients for related conditions. Here are some of the related conditions you should watch for and discuss with your doctor.
1. Lower Back Pain
People with psoriatic arthritis often experience lower back pain. According to a recent psoriasis article on Reuters’ Business Insider website, Dr. Abrar A. Qureshi, chair of the dermatology department at Brown University, stated that “Psoriatic arthritis can (start) with swollen and tender joints and with lower back pain and stiffness.” It is important for psoriasis patients to ask their doctors about psoriatic arthritis if they are experiencing lower back pain or any type of joint pain.
One of the most common ailments related to psoriatic arthritis is psoriasis. According to the Mayo Clinic, psoriasis is a skin condition that causes cells to build up rapidly on the skin, creating dryness, itchiness, and irritation.
Most patients are diagnosed with psoriasis first and later discover that they actually have psoriatic arthritis. According to the Reuters article, researchers reviewed results from a variety of studies and predicted that about 15 percent of the psoriasis patients a dermatologist sees at a dermatology center may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis. If you have psoriasis, it is important to look for other symptoms that may be indicators of psoriatic arthritis.
3. Crohn’s Disease
Psoriatic arthritis sufferers also have a greater chance of developing Crohn’s disease, which the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America defines as a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. According to MedPage Today, researchers found that study participants with psoriatic arthritis were seven times more likely to develop Crohn’s disease. If you have psoriatic arthritis and have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, or if you are experiencing gastrointestinal pain, ask your doctor about Crohn’s disease.
4. Ankle pain
Ankle pain is another ailment that many psoriatic arthritis sufferers experience. People with psoriatic arthritis are likely to develop Achilles tendonitis – an inflammation of the Achilles tendon – according to Arthritis Research UK.
If you are experiencing this or any type of ankle pain, try avoiding exercises that have a heavy impact on your ankle joints, and consult your doctor about seeing a physical therapist or podiatrist.
5. Cardiovascular disease
As is the case with all types of arthritis, patients with psoriatic arthritis are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions due to widespread inflammation, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, cardiovascular disease is one of the most significant ailments related to psoriatic arthritis. Further, a study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic showed that inflammation and a buildup of plaque around the arteries is more common in patients with psoriatic arthritis than with psoriasis alone.