Psoriatic Arthritis

HW 2006

I began having pain in my hands and feet, several years ago, that appeared overnight. I’m in my thirties and had been a professional athlete and was active. I attributed my pains to the violent sport that I had participated in. All at once, my symptoms went away, but returned a year later with a small patch of psoriasis. The pain returned with a vengeance leaving me limping and unable to twist a door knob. After failing on Sulfasalazine, and methotrexate, my Doctor suggested an injectable biologic. My gut feeling told me that this was wrong,and he then suggested doxycycline therapy. Overnight, swelling in my hands that had not gone away with prednisone or anything else, went down. I had a recurrence about a week later, and had severe stomach problems with the antibiotic. After taking an acid suppressor, I continued with the doxy and have been pain-free for about a month. I have been able to do things that I haven’t been able to do in a year. I feel the strength that I had in my twenties coming back. I am thankful and am hoping that this miracle lasts. Beg anyone who develops arthritis at a young age to try this therapy as it can have dramatic results.

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