I was diagnosed with PA this year, boy, I was worried. It started off by my daily tasks becoming a challenge, then the fatigue kicked it, I don't nap and I had too everyday, it was becoming out of hand. Then, my lower back and neck started hurting and my hands started swelling. I was told "I was working out too much", didn't think anything of it. I ended up getting bloodwork done due to a hand injury, when the results came back, I went to see an Rheumatologist. They said immediately... you have Psoriatic Arthritis. I was shocked.
I started off on Methotrexate every week, self injected into my stomach, etc. and ended up feeling super sick, lost my hair and beard, was in bed for days and I did this for 3 months. It DIDN'T WORK! Then I was on leflunomide for a couple of days, it gave me a bad reaction, so now I am taking CIMZIA, it works and works well. I have swollen injection areas, given what I read, it seems like you need to let it get to room temperature (the doctor told me take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before doing). I am going to wait an hour.
What I want you to do, before anything, is find out what drug coverage you have (I'm in Canada). My work benefits covered CIMZIA without having to take all the other meds, if I would have known that, I would have NOT taken Methotrexate. For those who are on it, google it, it's used for abortions, cancer treatment, etc. NO THANK YOU!
So now, I will be on CIMZIA for the remainder of my life, fun fun fun! It's nice to have a support system of people who are going through something similar. Feel free to share your story.
PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT!!