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Signs You Have Arthritis Too

SiPsoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis that affects people with the skin condition psoriasis, can attack the joints and tendons.

About 22% of people with psoriasis who have not been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis appear to have symptoms of the condition, such as joint pain, swelling, and warmth, according to a 2011 survey by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF).

Based on the survey, which included 477 people and was funded by pharmaceutical companies, the NPF now recommends that doctors ask psoriasis patients these seven questions.gns You Have Arthritis Too                                    Sixty-seven percent of the people in the survey who had psoriatic arthritis reported joint pain, and their pain often moved from one joint to another. But even 21% of psoriasis-only patients had joint pain.

Mark McGraw, 52, had joint pain for more than 15 years before he mentioned it to his doctor. "I just figured it was from playing tackle football or breaking horses at my ranch," he says. When the topic finally came up, his doctor asked why he had never mentioned it before.

"'Because you're my dermatologist,'" he recalls saying. "'We talk about skin, not joints.'" http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20539794_2,00.html               

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