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Stay focused on your dreams

I may have had traces of un-diagnosed scalp psoriasis for several years and it defiantly runs in my family.  But April 2013 when I just started a new job working in the emergency room I had a full-blown angry red rash all over my body.  I happened to ask the emergency room doctor I work with about it and she immediately diagnosed it as guttate psoriasis.  I tried several creams; saw my GP who recommended me to a dermatologist.  It took about 6 months before I saw a dermatologist and about a week cottage vacation in the sun to clear up the rash.  I went to the dermatologist happy that my rash went away.  About 3 months later I had a sore throat then broke into another angry rash then followed the most unbelievable joint & plantar fasciitis pain I've ever experienced in my life.  My doctor referred me to a rheumatologist and a dermatologist who specialized in psoriasis. After a lot of imaging, blood work and trying treatments such as more creams, light therapy, methotrexate and several months went by I began adalimumab and finally received some relief.

For anyone who suspects they have psoriasis arthritis seek treatment ASAP and if you need a biologic well then get on it.  There's a stigma about "looking well" even though you feel terrible.  Be patient with yourself. Listen to your body and your needs, and seek to fulfil them.  I tried changing my diet but didn’t notice a difference after a few months.  You may not be able to work or have the energy to play with your kids, exercise etc.  Hang in there and stay focused on your dreams you may have to modify life a bit but you will get through it.

Submitted by a 32 year female outside the UK

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