After several mis-diaganoses since my first visit to hospital in September 06 – they thought it was fractured metatarsals/ cuboid bones – my specialist has eventually realised that I am a long standing sufferer of Psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritis is now suspected after a bone scan and the blood tests should confirm it.
I am due to see my specialist again on 10th January and the foot pain/ difficulty in walking has now spread to my knee causing locking, extreme pain and clicking noises.
Even more tests and delays are now anticipated, possibly a MRI scan with a 19 week waiting list and a sample of fluid from my knee. Meanwhile I am only taking un-prescribed drugs – Ibprofen and Anadin Extra – and am worried that irreversable damage may be caused due to the delay in diagnosis. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Will I always suffer pain and disability? Why don’t doctors ask the right questions & arrange the right tests when you see them? I feel let down by our Health Service
Light treatment (UVB or PUVA)
Medications: glucocorticoids, NSAIDs, DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) such as methotrexate, sulfasalazine, gold, cyclosporine
Heat and cold
The wait for MRI scans is rediculous! I had to wait for about 2 months and only got one that "quickly" as I could get to teh hospital at short notice!!!
I hope you get some solutions to your problem soon;
I’m 18 now and I’ve had psoriasis since I was 4 or 5. It is just just now starting to get better. I’ve been on alot of different medications for psoriasis and most didn’t help at all. I’ve only used two things in which i’ve noticed a difference. Methotrexate and Humira (which I’m on now). I personally hate topicals and crap like that(including shampoos,lotions ect..), but I know alot of people get good results with it. Similarly, I don’t have enough time or the transportaion to go across town to a doctors office three times a week to stand in front of a UV light. I liked methotrexate, which is a pill, and it helped alot but it is also considered to be dangerous and required a monthly drug test. I was taking enbrel for awhile, and though, by all accounts it was supposedly some sort of miracle drug, It didn’t really effect me, eccept to keep me from donating blood.
So anyway, I was just wondering what other people’s opinions are and what works for them.
Hello there. I gave up on prescription medications long time ago (because of side-effects) and found a wonderful herbal cream and spray online at Champori.com I used it for a few weeks 15 months ago and haven’t had a flare up since!!
(mine is plaque psor. on knees, elbows and scalp)
I have psoriasis. I have had it for 12 years, since I gave birth to my son. Have tried many medicines to keep it under control. What worked for you? It’s different for everyone, but I’m open to new remedies!!
My wife has had psoriasis for 14 years now.She has quit using the prescribes med and lotions and now use strictly.
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