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Relating PsA to the Movie “Freaky Friday”

Living with psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia is a lot like the movie Freaky Friday. In the movie a mother and her teenage daughter awake on a Friday morning and discover that they swapped bodies. Their day is spent having to get used to a different body. The mother enjoyed having a younger and stronger body while the daughter was horrified by her mother’s body. They both experienced what the other struggles with on a daily basis. In the end, they gained some much needed respect for each other.

Never know what to expect

I feel like every morning is a “freaky Friday”. Every day I wake up to a different pain level, and I never know what to expect. It is like waking up in a stranger’s body day after day. Some days I am able to adjust easily and others I fail to function at all. My attitude is more like the mother in the movie when my PsA goes into remission and the pain in my feet is minimal. However, I feel like the daughter when I awake to a flare. Every day I discover how to function with different parts of my body in distress. By the end of each day I have a newfound respect for my body and how hard each part of it has to work to compensate for the parts that aren’t.

What’s it like to wake up in the same body every day?

I would love to wake up to the same body every morning, but that is not my reality. My reality is never knowing if I will be able to walk across a room. Never knowing if I can type or hold a pen. Never knowing if I can sit up. Never knowing how many naps I will need or if I will be able to stay awake at all. Sometimes I wish that my symptoms were constant. Not because I am a glutton for punishment, but because it is easier to figure out how to work around something that never changes. However, I am also thankful that they are not constant. If they were constant I would never again experience a day without pain in my feet, hands, neck, back, or sacrum, etc…..

Your guess is as good as mine whose body I wake up to tomorrow. But one thing is for sure, it will be an adventure!

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  • sineadcavan
    3 years ago

    I hear you, i only have PsA which is enough and i can only imagine how difficult it is for you with Fibromyalgia. I have a close friend who suffers really badly with it. So too have both my heart bleeds for you. I have the pain in my feet too and up into my Achilles Tendons which is really bad. My Right wrist and down into my fingers today, I have had 3 flair up’s in 2 weeks. I have 2 kids under 2 and my husband has been very ill. Kids only getting over vomiting bug. I’m just exhausted. I’m not on med’s as i found steroids of no use and other Medication very hard on other parts of body. So for ass long ass i can do without i will. I’m taking Natural Aloe Vera Products, good for joints, Anxiety and nerves, Energy and extra Vitamins. These keep me going daily and when i take a flair up i need to double dose and also rub in Msm which is a natural Anti inflammatory, on the joints and tendons. But i do feel it may effect me driving and was hoping on taking the test shortly. Im 38 Yrs old and its scary when i read some of the stories of how this horrendous autoimmune disease may effect me later. Any Advice ?? Thank you 😀

  • Cynthia Covert author
    3 years ago

    First, hugs!!! I know how much you must hurt! I no longer treat my conditions pharmaceutically either, once they were out of my system I actually felt better, not a lot but better than with them. I have been treating my conditions naturally since 2013. Just like with prescriptions our bodies can get used to natural treatments, so expect to have to mix things up a bit when you feel like they are not as effective. You are welcome to pop over to my personal blog, see about the author for link, to read about all the different ways I combat my illnesses naturally. But the best advice I could give you is to be patient and gentle with your body.

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