Living with psoriatic arthritis? How to manage your symptoms – Bowie News
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Imagine finding simple tasks, like getting out of bed, getting dressed, or turning on and off a faucet, hard to do because they’re too painful.1 This is what a typical day might look like for people with active psoriatic arthritis (PSR). About 1.5 million Americans live with PSA, and although patients may experience symptoms differently, the disease can often interfere with basic daily activities.1.2
Active PSA is a chronic condition that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues, causing joint inflammation and overproduction of skin cells. 3 Common symptoms of active PSA include joint stiffness, pain, and swelling.4 Some patients with active PSA may also experience fatigue, which is an underappreciated and underreported concern that can interfere with daily life. 4-6
The symptoms of PSA can vary and differ in severity from patient to patient, so it is essential that healthcare providers and patients have an open dialogue to develop a personalized management plan together. 4 A PSA management plan can incorporate lifestyle changes as well as medication potentially to help treat the symptoms of the disease.
“The symptoms of active psoriatic arthritis can be hard to describe or sometimes feel invisible, but that doesn’t make them any less real,” said Soumya D. Chakravarty, MD, PhD, Senior Director, Strategic Lead, Rheumatology Therapeutic Area at Janssen. “PsA can have debilitating effects on patients’ lives. It is important for patients to discuss their symptoms with their rheumatologist, as there are strategies they can implement to help see improvement.
Here are some tips for managing the symptoms of PA:
Consider a healthy diet
Although there is no specific diet for PSA, research shows that certain foods can help reduce inflammation in the body, which contributes to the disease.seven Consider incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and healthy fats like fish and avocado, while reducing foods like fatty red meats, dairy, refined sugars and processed foods. 7.8
Remember to find a workout that makes you feel good
Exercising while living with active PsA can seem daunting, but physical activity has many benefits, including helping maintain a healthy weight, relieving extra pressure on sore joints, keeping joints flexible and increasing endorphins, which can provide an energy boost. 8.9 Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider or physical therapist about a workout routine that’s right for you. As a general rule, try to target 30 minutes of movement each day if you are able, and consider low-impact workouts. 8
Lean on a support system
For people living with PSA, the disease can have an impact beyond just the physical symptoms. ten Connecting with other patients who understand what you are going through, whether in a support group or an online community, can help you if you feel overwhelmed, misunderstood or isolated. ten
Start a dialogue with your healthcare provider about treatment options
In addition to physical tests to assess the severity of your PSA, rheumatologists also develop treatment plans based on findings that are more personally meaningful to patients.6 “It’s important to talk openly with your rheumatologist because there are treatments that can help improve symptoms of PA,” Dr. Chakravarty said.
Be sure to describe your symptoms – such as joint pain, stiffness and swelling – with specific details on how they impact your daily activities. Also let your rheumatologist know if you experience fatigue from your active PSA. This information will help them develop an individualized treatment plan that is right for you, which may include biological therapy, such as TREMFYA® (guselkumab) — a prescription drug used to treat adults with active PD. Talk to your doctor to see if TREMFYA® is appropriate for you. TREMFYA® is the first drug of its kind approved by the FDA to selectively block interleukin 23 (IL-23), one of the main proteins thought to be responsible for the symptoms of PD. TREMFYA® can help reduce joint pain, stiffness and swelling that make daily tasks harder to accomplish. In two medical studies, more than half of patients treated with TREMFYA® had at least a 20% improvement in joint pain, stiffness and swelling at 24 weeks. Additionally, at 24 weeks, people taking TREMFYA® showed an overall improvement in their ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, eating and walking. Some patients also reported improvement in fatigue as measured by the Functional Assessment of Chronic Disease Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F), a questionnaire to measure fatigue, weakness, and difficulty performing usual self-activities. -declared due to fatigue.
TREMFYA® is not for everyone; only your doctor can decide if this is right for you. Do not use if you are allergic to TREMFYA®. TREMFYA® is a prescription drug that can cause serious side effects, including serious allergic reactions and infections. It affects your immune system and can increase your risk of infections and reduce your ability to fight them. Patients should be instructed to seek medical attention if signs and symptoms of clinically significant chronic or acute infection develop. Patients should also be evaluated for tuberculosis before being treated with TREMFYA®. Please read important safety information and medication guide for TREMFYA® available at www.tremfya.com to learn more about these and other risks for TREMFYA®. Discuss all your questions with your doctor.
Dealing with AP can be overwhelming at times, but as difficult as it can be, don’t be discouraged. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to PA management and it is important to remember that you have options. There are a number of steps you can take with your rheumatologist to help relieve symptoms and better manage the disease.
We encourage you to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatchor call 1-800-FDA-1088.