I recently been diagosed with psoratic arthritis by my rheumatologist (as in 3 days ago). I'm 30years old and I have had psoriasis for 20years, though it is mild and doesn't bother me in any way. I work as a junior doctor in paediatrics, which is pretty high powered and intense at times.
I developed a swollen right thumb joint 3 months ago and a swollen toe (which doesnt bother me) and since I have a bit of background knowledge got referred to rheum quite quickly. My bloods have all been normal, including infammatory markers.
Despite this I was really shocked when the consultant told me that it was PsA and that she recommened me starting methotrexate and enrolling on a trial with a biologic as well as soon as possible.
To me the thought of being on these high power drugs is a big deal, I am around sick children everyday and I am not sure if the treatment that is being recommened is worse than the acutal thumb swelling, which only gives me mild pain and causes discomfort when I write some days.
Does anyone else know of other people taking DMARDS or Biologics that work in healthcare and how they cope, for example with the increased risk of infection.