Not long after I got my Palmoplantar Pustulosis diagnosis I started get a pain in the joint of my left index finger and TMJ (jaw stiffness and a clicking jaw). First I thought it was from the over use of typing on my computer or after been using my hands when cleaning at home. Back than I didn't know about rheumatoid arthritis or RA which is the shorten version of it's name. And I didn't understand there might be a connection to my current Palmoplantar pustuloisis diagnosis. I had so many various health condtiotons such as a contionous strep throat infection, roscea in my face, blisters, cracks and soars on my feet and hands, so the pain in my finger was just something I put up with.
Today I know if you heal one disease by changing your diet and lifestyle as I explain in my book, you will heal them all. The problem is if you have one disease you tend to have other issues as well. This makes sense to me as autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. When having an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake or by a way of survive. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases documented and some have similar symptoms. The cause of palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) is scientifically unknown, apart from the fact it's autoimmune in origin as there is an association with other autoimmune diseases, particularly coeliac disease, thyroid disease and type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis usually start in the small joints of the hands and feet – particularly the main knuckle joints in the hand and usually affect at least two joints, which become painful, red and inflamed, and may start to swell.
What's the difference between rheumatoid arthritis from osteoarthritis?
According to webMD the main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the body's joints.
What causes it?
Just like palmoplantar pustulosis, researchers and doctors are not fully sure what causes rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritisis also an autoimmune disease in it's nature and as any autoimmune disease there are scientific evidence that genes, hormones and lifestyle factors are involved. Rheumatoid arthritis researchers continuously investigate other factors that may play a role. These factors include infectious agents such as bacteria or viruses, which might explain why it so commonly goes together with PPP.
How is it diagnosed?
Various blood tests can identify rheumatoid arthritis, including the rheumatoid factor test and the anti citrullinated protein antibody test. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging can also reveal early signs of joint inflammation.
The good news is rheumatoid arthritis and palmoplantar pustulosis can all be reversed by changing the diet and lifestyle around. The key is to take care of your gut. Give the healthy cells all the nourishment they need and remove viruses and the bad bacteria from your body system and good health will follow! Oh.....and the most important thing, please remove or reduce all the factors in your life which causes you to feel stressed.
The pain in my finger joint gradually disappeared at the same time I was healing from Palmoplantar Pustular Psoriasis and thankfully never returned.
Let me know if you have ever suffered from both RA and Palmoplantar Pustular Psoriasis? It would be nice to hear from somebody else in the same situation.