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Psoriatic Arthritis vs. Fibromyalgia: What Are the Differences? 

 Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and fibromyalgia are two very painful and life-altering health conditions. While each condition has its unique features, they do share many common characteristics.

PsA is a type of inflammatory arthritis that causes joint and tissue inflammation throughout the body. It can also affect the skin. Fibromyalgia also affects the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues, causing whole-body pain.

These two conditions can exist alone or together. Living with both PsA and fibromyalgia can be quite a challenge, so it is important to manage and treat both conditions.

This article will discuss the similarities between PsA and fibromyalgia, their symptoms and causes, and how they are treated and diagnosed. 


Both PsA and fibromyalgia are painful conditions that cause whole-body symptoms. Common symptoms of both conditions include pain, chronic fatigue, and brain fog. PsA might also cause sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, and numbness and tingling of the limbs, which are more frequently seen in fibromyalgia. 

Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Swollen, tender joints
  • Swelling of the whole fingers and toes
  • Scaly skin plaques
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Enthesitis
  • Chest and rib pain
  • Brain fog

Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Widespread pain, including muscle pain and spasms
  • Stiffness upon awakening or after sitting for too long
  • Brain fog
  • Gastrointestinal troubles
  • Jaw and facial tenderness
  • Sensitivity to lights or smells
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Numbness and tingling in the limbs
  • Bladder troubles, including frequent urination
  • Reduced tolerance to physical activity
  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Costochondritis

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