Psoriatic Arthritis

Billy85 Member Posts: 2
edited 22. Nov 2023, 09:41 in Living with arthritis

Hi there, just a wee update on my story. I have been dealing with Osteoarthritis in my back and hips from 2019. My right hip has become severe very quickly since around May/June this year. My left hip remains moderate. I have Orthopaedic's in two weeks to discuss possible right hip replacement as there is no cartlidge left, its basically bone on bone now. I had an appointment with Rheumatology today to discuss new medication for feet and ankle swelling, had to stop taking Sulfasalazine. While I was there I was newly diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and they are looking to start me on Methotrexate. Thanks for reading 😀


  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 671

    Hi @Billy85

    The Rheumatology consultant has now diagnosed PsA and Methotrexate which will take a while to make a difference - up to 12 weeks. I hope the new meds will make a difference for your swollen feet and ankles, and that all this is improved by the time you have a hip surgery date if that is the route you choose to go down.

    There are a number of really helpful discussions about hip replacements pre and post operation. Go up to the small magnifying glass symbol to search for them. It is worth going to your OA consultation with as much information as possible to help with your decision making.

    Many of us who have had hip replacements have found exercising pre and post op. really helps keep us mobile as well as more positive. Go to the stretching videos they are good.

    Let us know how you get on with your appointment.

    Best wishes

    Poppyjane ( Moderator)

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