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I was 29 years old when I was diagnosed with psoriasis. I had to have thyroid surgery to remove my thyroid the year before – That is when the spots started showing up. The doctors thought it was a rash then after about 6 months I saw a different internal doctor. When I saw him he said to me it looks like psoriasis I had NO CLUE what that was or what it was doing to me. That was rough for me I had 2 young kids and a husband. I did not like going out in public because I felt ashamed of the way I looked. I had it all over. I had creams galore none seemed to help.

As the psoriasis progressed I just covered up because I did not want anyone to see all those stares or suggestions something was wrong with you. Doctors back then needed proof that is what it was I had a biopsy done and it was determined it was psoriasis. It wasn’t until 2015 that I saw a different internal doctor and he was so truthful about my condition. He sent me to a rheumatologist only because I started showing signs of the PSA progressing. You see 3 years prior I started having issues with my back and the doctor just kept me on pain pills. So this new internal doctor said no that is not what is wrong. Lots of tests in a weeks time turned out to be PSA and my psoriasis was just so out of control. My rheumatologist when I met for the first time they did not hesitate they put me on Humira it was a miracle drug I had never been clear ever. You don’t know what that does to a person not afraid to show your arms or your legs. I had not worn shorts in 18 years always long pants. Now I can wear shorts short sleeve tops something some people take for granted. The PSA is doing better I am now on otezla because the humira quit working the new medicine seems to be working I just think it is not the greatest for my joints.

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  • Casey moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi lawhit01! Thank you for sharing with us! You’re so not alone in having to wait a while for the correct diagnosis of PsA, however, I’m so glad to hear that you did finally receive it, and that the Humira provided some relief (and that now the otezla is as well!). I’m so sorry to hear all you’ve had to endure regarding not only your PsA, but your psoriasis as well, and all of the self-confidence struggles that come along with it. Please know we’re here for you, and we hope you’ll continue to keep us posted on your journey! I also wanted to share the link to our sister site on psoriasis, which has a lot of great content!

    Best, Casey ( Team)

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