Low area P sufferer since childhood, PsA sufferer since young adulthood. Life is absurd, so why not have a laugh?
My skins not so bad or so obvious so it’s usually not an elephant in the room but my PsA is bad and so I need to explain that as to why I sometimes don’t show up for things. I’ve found everyone to be understanding so it’s pretty straightforward. Though it leads straight to suggestions about to how to fix it so I need to remember that folks mean well.
hi - i'm not embarased! When i was a kid i had large plaques on my eyelids,so you can pretty much imagine what my childhood was like - but I think it has helped me grow as a person. I have come to know the real people in my life i can depend on. I do the best to treat my plaques but they still show and if people start or even say something i don't give a crap! I live honestly and now it's even kind of fun when a child inevitably comes up and says something like 'what's on your skin' because it gives me a chance to explain it and hopefully educate them!
Here in the US I have health coverage through my employer and it covers the biologics though there was some pre-reqs to get approved (step therapy). Once approved the insurance covers it but there is still a large co-pay. The drug co. has a co-pay assistance card that covers the co-pay (you have to sign up with them) and that brings the cost to $0 for me. Have been taking it for >10 years and I'm scared to do the math to see how much $ it has cost my insurance company over the years..
I agree with others here on the thread - there may be a diet component for some people but nothing is universal. I wish people would stop looking at diet as 'the cure' - I am certain that there are different root causes for different people. I have tried the elimination diet (full in) and it made no difference in my P or PsA, though the other health benefits have been numerous. I would still recommend diet changes for anyone with P or PsA, but look at it as an improvement, not a cure.