Arthritis…. but what kind?

So today I went in for my MRI and other test results. Blood work (focused on my liver) came back clean. Ultrasound shows, no surprise, fatty liver. Since my other blood work (cholesterol and all that fun stuff) is clean, he said basically I can pick any diet I want to try and see how that works for me. He suggested, due to my medical history, I start with the way I SHOULD be eating anyway – gluten free (due to my wheat intolerance; this diet helps to control my eczema). Good thing I know how to improvise my holiday baking already to make yummy yummy gluten free treats and stuffings and such!

Then we moved on to my MRI results… and I’ll be honest, my doctor sat there and told me he’d never seen results like that before. Not saying they don’t happen, he just hasn’t had a patient with results like that before in his entire career. Long story short, yes, I have arthritis. Yes I have narrowing of the cartilage in my knee. But apparently I’ve also got arthritis in my ligaments. Now, I did some Googling, just to see what that might be an indicator of. In the realm of arthritis, the most likely culprit is psoriatic arthritis. I don’t feel like explaining what that is here, but suffice to say the likelihood is high given my risk factors aside from weight. I do have psoriasis. There is a long family history of psoriasis on my mother’s side, and people with psoriasis are 30% more likely to get psoriatic arthritis. While discussing this with my mother, she has all of the symptoms I am experiencing as well, plus more. And they all tick the boxes of psoriatic arthritis. She does not have any official diagnosis of HER knee other than “arthritis and deteriorating cartilage”. She also does not have psoriasis. However, my grandmother (her mother), a cousin, and an aunt did. These are the nearest generations to me, hereditary wise. Further back beyond my grandmother, yes. Most of the women had it, on my grandmother’s mother’s side of the family (psoriasis). So…. given family history, the chances of psoriatic arthritis are rather high.

Additionally, the child of a person who has developed psoriatic arthritis is 3x more likely to develop it themselves, and it strikes in the “prime of life” (20-50). I’m at age 28, nearly smack dab in the middle of the age range.

Note, I’m NOT saying that I have psoriatic arthritis, just that it is the most likely answer that I can find. I’m going to be seeing a specialist to confirm and sort out what the bloody hell is going on with my knee.

So…. that’s how my day went today. On top of knocking myself out with Benedryl because my husband mowed the lawn yesterday and the pollen is STILL hanging in the air from that.


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