Tight Feeling in Chest a Symptom of Psoriatic Arthritis?

Question

I am experiencing a tight feeling in my chest that is very uncomfortable. I had a chest x-ray today and it is clear. I have asthma, but the neb treatments have not given me any relief. I have psoriasis and have recently had my index finger swell to the point where I coundn’t bend it. My brother is on remicade for psoriatic arthritis.. do you think this chest discomfort could be a symptom of psoriatic arthritis?

Answer

It is a good idea to be thoroughly evaluated by your primary care doctor for other causes of chest pain and possibly a rheumatologist for spondyloarthropathy.  Psoriatic arthritis is a spondyloarthropathy.  Sometimes people with spondyloarthropathy can have a decrease in the amount their chest expands with deep breath.  It is important that you follow up on this problem.

Victoria Ruffing, RN

About Victoria Ruffing, RN

Ms. Ruffing has been a member of the Arthritis Center since 2000, currently serving as the Nurse Manager. She is a critical member of our patient care team.