Psoriatic Arthritis; Autoimmune Disorders

[title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Question[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, and currently taking monthly shots of a medicine called Symphony. It is outrageously expensive, and is there anything else I can do to alleviate the problem?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Answer[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]Psoriatic arthritis, for the uninitiated, is an odd form of an auto-immune disorder that manifests chiefly as arthritis with scaling of the skin either over the area, usually the sacroiliac joints, or elsewhere. It’s one of these multiple auto-immune disorders. So generally when people have psoriatic arthritis, they also have auto-immune thyroid disease, they may have Sjogren’s disease, they may have Beckett’s syndrome. They may have a number of different auto-immune disorders that go along with it. Rarely do you see it as a single disease, but what I typically do when I have people come in with psoriatic arthritis, I scan them, or at least do their bloodwork to make sure that they don’t have autoimmune thyroid disease. If you don’t take care of the thyroid, the immune system cannot be fully functional.

Typically what start off with is high dose vitamin D3 to bring the immune system back into better modulation. The biologicals, of which yours is one, it’s an antibody essentially, and it tries to tie up other antibody formation. It’s not really what the body needs, but it is a way to get things under control. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it fraught with problems? There are difficulties with infection. I don’t know if they talked to you about this or not, but you can develop things like pneumonia and whatnot, so you have to keep a pretty close watch on yourself. If you have hepatitis, you have to keep a real close watch on your health. If you have tuberculosis, it can also be a problem.

Usually what I do with psoriatic arthritis is, I start people on topical MSM or oral MSM. I also add curcumin, usually between 500 milligrams twice a day and 500 milligrams 4 times a day. Vitamin D3 5000 units twice a day, but it has to be taken in an oil environment. Then, you need to be on high does fish oils. What you want to do is to get a good high-quality one, one that has a lot of omega-3 in it. The omega-3 that you’re looking for is something called EPA. Dosage is 1500 milligrams 2 to 3 times a day. That’s how I would do it.[/testimonial][/testimonials][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][/imageframe]

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.