Could my diagnosis be wrong?


Hi all

I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at 18 and am now 26. It has taken a very long time for me to find a treatment that helped my condition. I started on NSAIDs only then moved onto Sulfasalazine, then a combination of Sulfasalazine and Methotrexate. Then just Methotrexate injections on their own and for the last year have been self injecting Etanercept. I do still have some flare ups especially now at the moment and am still in regular contact with my rheumatologist. But I have been doing some research and a lot of my symptoms are very similar to Fibromyalgia and was just wondering if anyone else had ever wondered if their diagnosis was incorrect and if so what happened? I don't have Psoriasis which I know does not determine whether or not you have psoriatic arthritis but can be a symptom.

Just looking for advice :)


  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755

    Hi @leannesm and welcome to the Online Community.

    I'm sorry to hear you have Psoriatic Arthritis. Finding an effective method of managing the disease can take quite a long time. Many symptoms of some forms of arthritis are similar to those for fibromyalgia.

    Our web site has a good page of information on fibromyalgia that is worth you taking a look at:

    There is a particularly useful section on managing symptoms that may prove helpful.

    No one here is medically qualified and so won't be able to give you a diagnosis, although many members will have both arthritis and fibromyalgia. I'm sure the replies will be helpful.

    All best wishes


  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520

    I have psoriatic arthritis which led to osteoarthritis and then a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. My PsA is controlled by methotrexate and humira but still shakes off those shackles from time to time, the OA is more predictable which makes life easier but the fibro is a law unto itself. I happened to have a rheumatology appointment and mentioned that my muscles were sore. A few painful prods later it was diagnosed with the glad tidings that nowt can be done for it except ride it out. I cannot say exactly how it makes me feel but I know when it's having a go because my concentration span shortens to nano-seconds and I feel more tired than usual. I am much older than you and have been arthritic since 1997. One can have both, sad but true. 😔 DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben