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April 17, 2012
By Alison Turner, Contributing Columnist
Even if all that comes to mind when you think “golf” is immaculate
green fields, country clubs, and for some reason the occasional call of
the word “fore!”, you may nevertheless know the name Phil Mickelson.
Phil Mickelson, or "Lefty" as he is affectionately called by golf fans
around the world, is perhaps just as famous for his 38 PGA wins and
his status as the 4th best golfer in the world as he is for being a darn
good guy. In addition to the public attention given to Mickelson’s close
ties with his wife for nearly 20 years , The Phil and Amy Mickelson
Foundation that supports various youth and family initiatives, and his
wife’s recent diagnosis with breast cancer , in 2010 Phil Mickelson
released to the press that he has "psoriatic arthritis", a disease that will
impact the rest of his career.
Phil Mickelson is in no way alone in suffering with psoriatic arthritis,
though the disease is relatively rare: a prevalence study conducted in
2005 by researchers with the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and
Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania found that psoriatic
arthritis affects approximately 520,000 Americans. More common is
the disease psoriasis, with which psoriatic arthritis is associated (nearly
1 in 20 people who have psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis) . The
Arthritis Foundation finds that roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population
has psoriasis, which manifests in symptoms of thick, reddened, irritated
skin and flaky, silver-white patches known as scales.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis?
In November, 2010, when Phil Mickelson went public with his struggle
with psoriatic arthritis, he detailed some of his symptoms in an
interview with Arthritis Today. The pro golfer had attributed his
increasing aches and pains to the body of an aging athlete, and ignored
as best he could his sometimes flaky and itchy scalp. However, he
quotes that one morning the pain was so bad that he “couldn’t get up,”
because of the aches in his legs and Achilles heel. Mickelson “hadn’t
experienced that kind of pain before.”
It is possible that Mickelson had psoriatic arthritis years before he
realized it, and disregarded the symptoms as general aches. The
common symptoms of pain that he experienced in his legs and Achilles
heel may occur in other joints in people with psoriatic arthritis,
particularly at the end of fingers or toes, and in many people these
pains may at first feel mild. For others, however, psoriatic arthritis can
be more severe, affecting several joints at once, including the spine,
which results in symptoms of stiffness, burning and pain in the lower
spine. Other symptoms may include skin and nail changes attributed to
psoriasis, which sometimes worsen as arthritis develops alongside the
Are There Any Natural Remedies for Psoriatic Arthritis?
Phil Mickelson at first tried to push through the pain from his psoriatic
arthritis -- at the time he had a tournament to finish. However, four
days after the U.S. Open his pain was “so intense that [he] couldn’t
move.” Soon after, he had to admit that “Swinging a golf club was not
an option at that point.” Phil was lucky, in a sense, to catch his
psoriatic arthritis as early as he did. Early treatment can reduce joint
damage, whereas if psoriatic arthritis is left untreated for too long it
can cause problems in the heart, eyes, and other organs.
What has Phil done to treat his psoriatic arthritis since 2010? What has
worked for him, and what works for other people? Read on for a list
of 10 treatments for psoriatic arthritis that Phil has tried or is trying, as
well as other natural remedies that have been recently tested by
experts in the field.
1. Prednisone/steroids: A Common Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis
(But It’s Not For Everyone).
Prednisone is a type of medication called corticosteroids, and is one of
the first methods of treatment that Mickelson tried after diagnosed with
psoriatic arthritis. Prednisone is taken as medication by people whose
bodies are not producing enough corticosteroid, as well as by people
with certain types of arthritis (including psoriatic arthritis), to reduce
swelling and change the way that the immune system works .
In 2009 researchers with the Psoriatic Arthritis Program at the Center
for Prognosis Studies in The Rheumatic Diseases at Toronto Western
Hospital, and other Canadian institutions, including Dafna Gladman with
the first, analyzed the effectiveness of injecting corticosteroid in 220
patients with psoriatic arthritis. After 12 months of injections, about
25% of the arthritic joins treated with corticosteroid injections
“relapsed” – or, on the side of the silver lining, 75% of joints did not
relapse after 12 months of treatment.
It is this more optimistic perspective that leads the team to conclude
that corticosteroid injections are “effective” in patients with psoriatic
Try explaining that to Phil Mickelson and the rest of the 25% of
patients who may have had bad experiences with prednisone
injections. Mickelson labeled the side effects from prednisone as
“awful,” and soon discontinued the injections. However, this does not
mean that prednisone may not be the right treatment option for your
own psoriatic arthritis.
2. TNF-alpha blockers (biological injections).
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|Lefty has battled psoriatic arthritis for years.