Honestly,having P has helped me have an IDGAS attitude-Still have insecurities ie, not wearing sleeveless shirts or shorts if P is bad, but since Ive had it for 48 yrs, Its made me a little thick skinned - pun intended :) btw IDGAS=I dont give a shit
One thing I know for sure, STRESS, certainly affects PsA! Even though Ive had P for 45+ years, never knew about PsA until 10 years ago 51 yo...not fun times, bankruptcy, lost my job the following month, my mom had the beginning of Alz & so on....right in the middle of a kickboxing class...my body ached so bad, had to leave, wasnt muscular pain...went to Dr, not gout as he thought - saw (2) rheumatoid Dr.s who wanted to put me on chemo meds, commonly used for PsA ,which I refused as the side effects were horrific & not a fan of meds.. I lived on Alieve over the counter for the pain & forced myself to get back into yoga...At first I couldnt even sit cross legged as it was in my knees...at times had to sit on my bum to go down steps...after a few weeks it actually got much better...oddly, I find it also can float through your body...1 month it was my knees, month or so later, my lower back, neck etc. My chrio & acupuncturist really help! I just have to get back into a healthy lifestyle...this time of year I tend to cheat with drinking/junk food and its not worth it...I do have some permanent joint damage in my fingers that Ive learned to live with, though it does hinder certain things...Ive even lost nails because of it...
pso mom...by any chance was your son on anti-biotics lately? reason I ask, when my son (who also has P) was about 14 yrs old, on anti-biotic for strep? (honestly dont remember) anyway, a week or so later, looked like he had the measles! body was covered head to toe, turned out to be guttate P...it took light treatments 3x a week, medicine and about a 2 months to get most of it cleared up....thanks for the info on AC vinegar on the scalp, I will have my son try it, his scalp is terrible, so much that he shaved his head so light treatments and creams can reach it
John, totally agree with the drinking/alcohol, can certainly cause a flare up...but also depends on what the drink is...luckily Im not a fan of beer, tho I like my vodka tonics...I use a good gluten free vodka (made from potatoes, however, as we all know, potatotes are nightshade :( and sometimes not good for P....also not good for P is the quinine in tonic as well as high fructose corn syrup/sugar shit.
Keturah, I had a bad underarm outbreak this summer & I think it was caused by shaving & then using deodorant, even tho it was a mild, homeopathic type of deodorant...It seems like it took forever to get rid of...I used a mild powder in the mean time and small dose of triamacinolone cream...it also helps to be sure your armpits are totally dry (I use a blowdryer, LOL) oh the rituals after showering
I've upped my vita D3 to 5k, (Nordic Naturals brand that Ive been using for years) 1x per day...Not only does it help my P, (to a certain extent, not as beneficial as sun / salt water) D3 is also very important warding off flu, colds and other maladies...Worth mentioning for those of you who do use the sun / tanning booths....If you use sun-block, it does NOT allow ANY of the D to be absorbed...I use coconut oil for the first half hour (yes, coco oil has an spf, tho very low, maybe 8 if that) if staying in the sun longer, then I will apply sunblock, but I use a physical sunblock with zinc oxide & the like...other sunblocks are chemical sunblocks & can do more damage
YES, stress certainly can cause a flair up...Im new to this site, not sure if anyone also has PA psoriatic arthritis ? I went through a boat load of stress about 10 years ago and even though still worked out to try to relieve it...right in the middle of a kick boxing class, I had all over body ache (bone, not muscular) turned out to be PA....I would take a P flair up instead of this but, learning to deal with it
Yes, weather, especially change of seasons like fall to winter affects my P....I find tanning booths help, some Dermotologists have special booths too & sometimes can be covered under insurance. I only go 1-2 x week when P is really bad, usually during the winter...Summer, nothing beats sun & salt water!