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Posted by Ruth B in Psoriasis Tribe

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Ok, I'll get the ball rolling in here! My name is Ruth, I am 26 and I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I was first diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 4 and it has been with me ever since. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis about 12 monhs ago. I was in quite a bit of pain and began comfort eating and got depressed. I quickly gained weight (which is a no - no for arthritis). However, I made a promise to myself that 2012 would be the year that I took control of this condition and get fit and healhy again. I am now taking 2 systemic treatments to treat my skin and joints; Methotrexate and Humira. Both are immunosupressants, so being healthy and fit is very important while taking these drugs. Overall the treatment is going well and my skin is much improved :D Thanks for reading :D 

Posted by Ruth B on 2 July 2012 at 8:01 PM

Hi, I'm Emily. I've had psoriasis for as long as I can remember, and developed psoriatic arthritis 12 years ago at 28. After many lifestyle changes, the arthritis is in remission and I'm determined to get in the best shape of my life in part so I can better handle it if it comes back. 2012 is my year to get in shape. Despite the permanent damage done to many of my joints, I am trying new activities like running, and love it.

Ruth, I was on Methotrexate too. I was lucky enough to have a doctor who taught me a lot about how to avoid getting sick so those were relatively healthy years for me -- not a single cold! If you're ever interested in tips, let me know.

Posted by Communicatorbronze Emily S on 19 July 2012 at 11:39 PM

Hi Emily! Thats great that your arthritis is in remission, thankfully mine is relatively mild and now thanks to the drugs I am on seems to have calmed down a lot. I have it in my wrist and fingers :( but they very rarely bother me now and it hasn't spread to any other joints.  Regarding the MTX, I seem to be doing OK, I've been taking it for a little over a year and only ever had side effects in the early days (nausea, headache, fatigue etc) but once my body got used to the drug the side effects wore off. Thankfully, I have never caught an infection or anything. I will occasionally get the odd sniffle, but they usually pass within 24-48hrs of their own accord. I have a great doctor too, he also uses MTX for his own psoriasis so is very understanding if I have any worries or questions. I was with my dermatologist this week and she hopes to start weaning me off MTX next month (my skin has almost cleared since starting humira a little over 6 weeks ago, and she hopes that humira alone will keep me stable.) Are you still taking Methotrexate? What dosage are/were you on?  

Posted by Ruth B on 20 July 2012 at 12:08 AM

Hi! I first would like to say that I am very pleased to have found fellow psorGoddesses on TribeSports... What a breath of fresh air =D I am 39 years old and along with my twin sister, we have been diagnosed with psoriasis since age 5. Really, it hasn't been a problem until my late twenties. Eight years ago I was also told that I have photosensitive severe psoriasis. After exhausting all other treatments such as steroid shots, light treatments, methemtraxate and of course, the creams.... I have been using embrel the last 2 years and am finally finding relief! :) Now that I am finally able to play in the sun without pain, I need to loose extra fluff...10-15 pounds since I am noticing that I am gaining weight from the use of this medicine. Possibly either the actual embrel is causing my weight gain or the fact that I am not in pain any more and am enjoying EVERYTHING! So, here I am. =D

Posted by Lynette C on 9 December 2013 at 2:36 AM

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