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Newly Diagnosed PsA & & Psorasis

I was diagnosed in my early 20s with psorasis and it went away. Never had a flare again until I had my last son when I was 43. It was like my body just gave out. I got a knee replacement. I could barely stand up straight. I was a wreck. My joints would ache. My sacroiliac joints in my hips would get inflamed. Finally after countless doctors I saw a great rheumatologist she did lots of blood work MRI and x-rays and did a thorough questoniaire we discussed the best option and that was Cosentyx. I'm excited to start it. I have to get approval and learn everything I can. I'm new to this process. I know it has affected my organs too and I'm interested in the dirt aspect. I've lost 100 lbs. I went from 340 to 240 since last Aug 2019. So I have my bad days too where I look at my head and cry that my hair is falling out and it takes 40 min to shower. I dread it. It hurts. The scales. The burning and itching. I hate it. The PsA part is crazy. I'm experiencing so many things I'm learning about and I look forward to finding and experiencing together.

  1. Hello @gatrocks! Thank you for sharing your journey so far with us. You're not alone in these struggles - I'm sure many of us here can relate to those bad days that you describe.

    I am really glad to hear that you have found a good rheumatologist, especially after everything you've been through. Hopefully the approval for Cosentyx will come through soon, and it will help get your symptoms under control. If it would be helpful, we have some information on Cosentyx in the following article: https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/medications/biologics-how-well-works-side-effects/#Cosentyx

    Please don't hesitate to reach out anytime you need support or information. We're here for you and grateful that you're a part of this community. 💖-Catherine, Community Moderator

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