At War with Physical Stress

At War with Physical Stress

When we think about stress, it is usually our mental health that comes to mind. But that is only one form of stress. Through the years I have had a front row seat to how dangerous and destructive physical stress can be on the body. I am currently at war with a health issue that has absolutely nothing to do with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or fibromyalgia. Yet it has angered all three of these bad boys.

No hiding from it

I have always considered myself to be extremely fortunate that I am not always bothered by psoriasis. At least that is the rash portion of the disease. With that said, when it does come out to play, it treats my body worse than a schoolyard bully. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis that I noticed a correlation between when it appeared and when it didn’t. During the years that my spine was experiencing the most pain from PsA, my rash ran down my back along my spine. Later I noticed that I would break out near my genitals and thighs when my sacrum flared. Two years ago while battling abdominal adhesions (they were strangling my bowels) I had breakouts on my belly. As I became sicker from the complication of having my bowels under attack I had my first scalp breakout. Currently, the stress from tearing in my abdominal muscles has triggered a breakout on my belly, chest, and face. There is no hiding the stress that my body is under. Even when experiencing stress from an injury or disease that has nothing to do with psoriasis, it rears its ugly head.

Unfair fight

It is one thing to break out from something that I can address, like inflammation or dietary choices. However, to break out from something that I am unable to do anything about is maddening. Although I am being as careful as I can possibly be, my abdominal muscle is so badly damaged that it tears even when I am lying still. The only way to fix this will be through surgery. And that won’t happen until I change insurance carriers as my current one refuses to perform what would be my 9th abdominal surgery even though they acknowledge the cause of my pain and its impact on my life. Until then, all of my chronic illnesses will continue to have a field day attacking my body and making me work overtime to keep them as quiet as possible. It’s frustrating because I have been managing my terrible trio quite well and yet now no matter what I do, they keep acting up. And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, it is as if PsA and psoriasis are playing a game of one-upping each other. The minute I address and win a battle with psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis laughs and *poof* up pops another rash, then another, and another.

Identifying the cause

Whether mental or physical, stress creates nothing but problems, no treatment of any kind will be able to do anything other than temporarily put out fires unless we address and do something about the cause of our stress. I am doing everything I possibly can to keep my mid-section happy. Unfortunately, it is not enough.

Have you experienced a flare up from PsA or psoriasis due to an unrelated health issue?

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  • josowiecki
    2 weeks ago

    I recently had what I thought was a yeast infection. I’m wondering now if is related to the PsA. Itching for no apparent reason, a rash on my inner thighs and in my genital area. Worst part is that I self-treated myself with monistat-1 and ended up in the ER with 1st degree chemical burns. I just can’t seem to get over this and I’m really wondering if the PsA has anything to do with it.

  • Rebecca moderator
    2 weeks ago

    That sounds awful! Have you ever had any psoriasis or any other kinds of skin symptoms? You can definitely get psoriasis on the genital area….

  • FullBlownPSA
    3 months ago

    Physical pain from PSA, injury, other arthridities, inflammation, mechanical strain, sleep cycles, even barometric pressure changes can indeed “trigger” the immune system and exacerbate the PSA and skin flares. Important to treat flares of arthritis with “helpers”: heat, ice, analgesic sprays, creams, stretching, massaging, deep breathing, yoga, stretching, relaxation, listening to calming music, aromatherapy, use of therapy balls, elastic bands, anti-inflammatory foods and medicines, avoiding food triggers-what ever helps alleviate the physical symptoms and/or rash. Keeping a diary helps one remember what you did or particular situations which trigger the disease and what therapies helped.

  • JMeyer62
    3 months ago

    your article is dead on and when the two of them take a break its only because they have damaged my hips so bad that I have had one replaced and in a few months I get the other one replaced

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