Apologies in advance if this is a bit rambling. I was diagnosed with psoriasis about three years ago, have tried lots of medication, seeing a dermatologist and currently on ciclosporin. The psoriasis is quite stubborn and unwilling to leave me.
My main query is relating to joint issues and the diagnosis process. For the past few years I have suffered from hip bursitis, plantar fasciitis, costochondritis, ankle swelling, back pain (in the morning and improves when I move) and my hand keeps swelling. My GP has suggested it may be psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.
Just getting concerned that my GP may think I am a hypochondriac as nothing seems to add up. My blood tests show inflammation. I had an x-ray on my spine which looked normal. Xrays on my hands and feet were normal, ultrasound showed slight fluid on ankles and wrists. I also do not have the gene that they test for.
Are these conditions difficult to use identify with tests? I have been referred to a rheumatologist and my appointment is in late June, has taken nine months to come through but I understand the NHS is under pressure.
Off work at the moment, I have kept going for months but finally admitted defeat. My back is really painful and can't get out of bed without a twenty minute battle, involving lots of whinging, huffing and puffing. It eases up during the day but is really painful when driving. Also feeling really shattered, work takes most of my energy and feeling sad because my lovely kids and husband seem to end up with the worst of me and they deserve more.
Anyway, this is starting to resemble an essay but wondering if despite normal xrays it could still be a AS or PSA or am I losing my marbles?
Thank you in advance for any advice