Lynne Northfield

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) while in lockdown. It wasn’t too bad at that point. I had osteoarthritis since I was 11 years old, so I knew the pain having arthritis could bring.

Dealing with psoriatic arthritis symptoms

I was put on methotrexate to start with and then going onto inject myself. But I noticed that I was loosing my hair quite a lot. I had more tests and found out it was my thyroid that was causing my hair loss. I have had a very painful left heel that causes me a lot of pain, but now it is my eyesight that is causing me problems. Sometimes I see double vision or reading I see everything is very blurred. Eventually it clears, but it is very frustrating.

The good thing is that I don’t have the skin condition, my mother and her mother and siblings all had the skin condition, so I thank my lucky stars that I’m free from this at the moment. I also have problems with the bones in all my fingers and my feet are sometimes very painful. I’m on a lot of tablets and I have had to stop driving which is very restricting. I can cope with osteoarthritis but PsA is something else.

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