Psoriatic arthritis

Hello, I’ve recently been diagnosed with arthritis & I’m wondering how others felt when being diagnosed?


  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 1,208

    Good Morning @GemPhill and welcome to the Online Community.

    I see from your post that you are newly diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) and are interested in how others felt when first diagnosed.

    Reading between the lines I suspect you are wondering if all your feelings and emotions are 'Normal' and can reassure you they almost certainly are!

    Here is a thread from earlier this year which you might find useful:

    In addition this article is specifically for people who are newly diagnosed:

    I'll leave you now to meet our members and to perhaps have a look around and join in elsewhere Living with Arthritis is one of our more popular categories.

    Best wishes


  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 28,220

    Hi @GemPhill

    Nice to meet you.

    I am sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis.

    When I first started with this I was initially in shock I think a lot of denial/disbelief....then randomly zapping across to a bit of relief that there was something going on.

    Then I would be fearful for my future thinking life was over....refused to plan stuff in case I couldn't do it. Then I was tearful and upset that I would 'show my kids up' (I do, but not because of the Arthritis!) and let my husband down.

    So all in all a very confusing time, but many years on now I am able to say that most of my fears haven't come true life has been good - not what I had thought (remember you almost have to grieve for the future you had expected to have so you are entitled to all of those emotions), but pretty damn good.

    I am still on my feet and 😊 happy.

    Oh I also learnt not to bore/stress out my friends and family with worries and talk about this condition too much. I annoy everyone here instead. They don't feel upset and they also understand!

    Take care

    Toni xx