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What does your PsA most often get in the way of?

Psoriatic arthritis can affect many aspects of life – work, relationships, sleep, and more. In your experiences, what does PsA most get in the way of? Has this answer changed over time? Please share your perspective!

  1. I find that the one thing most effected by PsA is planning. I cannot make summer vacation plans until I get a better idea of how I might be feeling as the time approaches. Plans for family events sometimes need to be pared back because I cannot carry out the necessary preparations for a large gathering. And this, the inability to plan, is the most aggravating thing for me about PsA.

    1. I hope you have some understanding family and friends, @Eric_the_Eric. It is hard when you can't fully commit, but it can work when people are willing to work with you. Best of all wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

  2. I find sleeping and exercising is the hardest for me. I’ve had lower back pain for over three decades so I’m not sure if it’s arthritis but in my hands I definitely know it is and that prevents me from putting in a decent amount of time exercising. Sleeping is a hit or miss because of the lower back pain. Making it 3 or 4 hours a night uninterrupted is a joyous occasion for me.

    1. Hi @Steve. I wish you could get a good night's sleep at least once in a while. Here is an article from one of our advocates with some tips for sleeping with PsA pain: https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/living/tips-combat-sleep-struggles. I hope this helps and that you get some relief. Thinking of you! - Lori (Team Member)

  3. Planning anything beyond today. I never know how much pain I'll have, how tired I may be or how bad the brain fog is that day.

    1. I am sure the unpredictability of PsA can awfully frustrating for you, @Kimw. Are your friends and family pretty supportive? Best of all wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

  4. My friends and family are the reason I keep going. Once I let them help me things got a lot better.

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