Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson Treated for Psoriatic Arthritis
Arthritis Treatment Gets Golfer Back in the Swing of Things
Are there any side effects with Enbrel or other drugs in this class that Mickelson needs to watch out for?
Paget: These drugs do increase risk of infections, and that needs to be watched very carefully.
Does psoriatic arthritis increase Mickelson's risk for any other diseases?
Paget: Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis do increase a person's risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. If the disease and the underlying inflammation are treated, these risks are minimized.
Mickelson said he saw a doctor when the pain became so bad he couldn't walk. When should a person see a doctor?
Paget: Talk to your internist and ask for a referral to a rheumatologist if you have been experiencing persistent pain, stiffness, and fatigue for more than a few weeks that can't be explained by weekend warrior activity or overuse and is limiting your function and affecting your life.