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Both the nature and intensity of the disease will affect psoriatic arthritis symptoms. For example, the "classic" type of psoriatic arthritis most often affects the joints closest to the ends of the fingertips and may also cause nail changes. On the other hand, psoriatic spondylitis (a type of psoriatic arthritis that affects the spine) can cause low back pain with morning stiffness, among other signs and symptoms.

An Overview of Psoriatic Arthritis Signs and Symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis can affect people in different ways. Some people may have symptoms that are mild, with only a few joints affected and no permanent joint damage. Others may have a more serious case of the disease that affects more joints and results in permanent damage.
 
Like the skin disease it is associated with, psoriatic arthritis symptoms can periodically show up, or flare, and then get better. Unfortunately, there is no way for a healthcare provider to know what symptoms a particular person will have and whether these symptoms will flare.
 

Possible Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

The type of psoriatic arthritis a person has can affect how many of these symptoms are present.
 
Possible symptoms of psoriatic arthritis may include:
 
  • Pain and tenderness in the joints -- While any joint can be affected by this disease, the joints most often affected are at the ends of the fingertips (known as distal interphalangeal joints). Joint pain and tenderness are less common with psoriatic arthritis than with other types of arthritis.
     
  • Joint stiffness -- Morning stiffness in affected joints is a more common complaint than joint pain and tenderness.
     
  • Dactylitis -- Sausage-like swelling of the fingers and toes.
     
  • Fingernail or toenail problems – These problems can include pitting, thickened, and discolored nails.
     
  • Low back pain or neck pain
     
  • Eye inflammation -- This can cause eye pain and redness.
      
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