Welcome Janet and Kay. Its almost autumn there Janet? Try get as much rays as possible before winter. Keep immune system boosted and try eat healthy.I do not have experience with your cold but whenever it gets to winter I try keep immune system up by drinking turmeric and eat asuch veggies,fish and chicken as I can. I'm a huge fan of turmeric :)
Oh I love wine and most here knows I do. Dry red merlot/Shiraz my favourite. I do not get inflamed from it nor do I get a flare. I don't overdo it though. 4-5 glasses is a lot to some but to me having that twice a month. Delicious. Should I feel like having whisky, especially Jack Daniels, I do it with caution as I'm very inflamed the next morning. I found that the red dry wine works best for me. Hey, I need to enjoy life too and P will not take that away from me ;)
Yes me too Rosie. my sincere condolences to you and your family. It is heart breaking losing someone you love and to stay positive is not easy. Especially when you were the only one there when he passed on. Who can think positive during a time of grieving? I don't think I will be able to but you need to stay positive and think positive to be able to control your flares. The more powerful your thoughts are, whether they’re good or bad, the more they’ll affect your feelings, and with that, it will affect your health. Speak to others about the good times you and your loved one had together. You’ll be so surprised how this helps you to feel better. You’re thinking about him anyways, so bring those great thoughts to the surface. Focus on finding the right people who will help you to heal. This might sound selfish during this grieving period but pamper yourself and do anything that makes you happy. You have to remember, you come first. It's all about you now. You had a wonderful life with your husband and treasure those thoughts but its time for you to decide what is best for you now. Grieving is not good for anyone and with us P sufferers, it shows though our skin. Nobody can see what goes on in our hearts, they only see the exterior. Have an attitude of gratitude. Really take notice of all the good things in your life each day. If you have time, sit down and write a list of all of your blessings. Then, whenever you begin to feel sad, make sure to take out that list and redirect your attention to these positive aspects once again. I know you are a strong lady and I know you will get through this. Remember we are all here to support you. God Bless :)
I agree with John. I have Psoriasis and Psa. I am in charge of my body. I am in charge of what I eat. I am in charge to make the symptoms easier on myself. Unfortunately, we cannot just go ahead and eat junk food every day. Imagine in how much pain we will be? Oh my poor thumbs. I can feel it already. No thank you. See, we have to make changes to be able to control our P. I know exactly that if I even think of having spaghetti bolognese, first thing that comes to mind is the arthritis pain I'll be having the next morning so I just settle for some turmeric chicken stew. It's sad to see people suffer, and I wish that upon no one and it would be great if the world could've been without it. :)
Well, What can I say about South Africa. We are still a young country and do not have all the advanced meds you have in Europe. We still focus on organic materials etc. I like it like that and thing is it works for most of us. Rosie, you're still young, so don't lose hope. Chase your dreams and make it a reality. Do not let your P hold you back.
@ Tammy : I hope you will find a job soon. It is stressful searching and not being able to find one but don't give up hope. Stay focused. Good luck :)
This might sound terrible but self pity will bring you nowhere. If you want to improve your self esteem try to accept your condition and be nice to yourself. Focus on what you can change then give it your best shot. I had a very low self esteem many moons ago, I was miserable, felt sorry for myself AND I was OVERWEIGHT. so I decided to change that. I lost weight to try to at least look good in clothes as I did not want to be overweight with Psoriasis. Well, my P went into remission for 10 years. Only you can make a difference in how you want people to see you. Be positive, stay strong and don't loose focus. EVER. :)
Well I believe the right diet is the key to managing my Psoriasis. Being vegan can only be for the better. No red meat, no dairy etc., I think yes, maybe that's why the return was less traumatic James. Stop eating red meat alone will surely make a difference. Well, in my case it is. I'm glad its less traumatic for you James. Keep it up and keep us posted. :)
Hi Lee. Well that's a good thing then when having psoriasis. Also dairy. Cut all dairy out and rather stay with greens, (salads/veggies). I found that fish is the best meat for my Psoriasis. Whenever you can, add turmeric to your food. Its a great anti-inflammatory spice. I normally drink a teaspoon full in water in the mornings. It helps keeps the inflammation at bay and my itch disappears quickly too. :)
Hi Rosie. I try to wear flowy dresses from soft material. I wear a lot of Denims too but they are okay on my skin. Cotton and satin is good for our P. Breathable. Thats a long time to wait for emollient cream? I'm sure most chemists should be able to sell it? I think E45 is a natural emollient cream? I used to use it but it did not work for me. I am a believer of tar cream. It works for me for the past 20 years but it doesn't work for the man in my life whom is also a P sufferer.
Yes I agree with John, the lifestyle changes is the best way to go for our P. It's a long process but worth it. I haven't been to a Derm in the past 20 years - I only use my tar cream and try to eat healthy. I was diagnosed with strep throat so it triggered my P. I give it about +-3 months to clear up. Stay positive Rosie, you've made the biggest step of all and that was to join this support group. This group has given me so much advise and I think my P would've been worse if I kept on eating that damn pasta and potatoes. Believe me.
Aww Rosie, I'm so sorry about this. I know that our skin doesn't like the cold and we have to stay warm. I'm in SA and our winters aren't as cold as yours but I can relate. Our skin needs to breath too. Wearing thick clothes won't help as we will sweat and itch and that will make our P worse. What ointments do you use?