Annette
...feeling frustrated Annette @annette79

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Dermatologists seem more focused on wrinkles than psoriasis. Anyone else notice this?

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Darren
Darren @darrenl

In my experience, dermatologists seem to be focused on how much cash they can stuff in their pockets.


 john,darts vader
john,darts vader @chewbacca

well darren,we do help to fund the doctors and derms nice lifestyles and pay for their nice pension schemes etc by us going to them, the general public as sad as it is


Don
Don @don1

Most people go where the money is.
As being relately new to this condition...and a different healthcare system where i live....there are 2 distinct types of dermetologists.....cosmetic....non funded...and medical...funded..


Darren
Darren @darrenl

John and Don, I'm in the US, and it's...well...healthcare is a different situation here; it's all about how much money you have. I went through my twenties without access to healthcare.


Susan
Susan @godcares

Annette I never really thought about it. In Canada we have cosmetic doctors and no medical people that have different treatments for wrinkles. Dermatologists tend to deal with skin conditions.


 john,darts vader
john,darts vader @chewbacca

sorry about this darren,i am in the uk so,i cant complain as i dont need to take money to these peopleif i need them,only drawback is with nhs, you can end up waiting a long time though where i live,i have alwaysbeen put to see someone very quick,my girlfriend thinks because i know the doctors quite well as they come to the nursing home for the residents so,they know who i am,my operation tomorrow is in a private hospital even though i am on nhs,depends where the doctor sends you,the hospital does nhs aswell but, is limited to nhs patients i believe,so, i am sort of priviliged, i am so sorry what you people go thrpugh in the usa,i know its about money out there and people having to take out insurances to cover cost etc ,quite sad,i would love to go to the usa one day :)


Ruby
Ruby @rubyq

My psoriasis didn’t show its ugly head until about two years ago. I’m 49. 😓
I can’t stand it. I don’t know how people have coped with it for decades. My hands are the worst. Many days I feel dizzy and unbalanced sort of like a systemic wave that washes through me. It started around the same time as the psoriasis. The drs are really of no help at all.
I’ve had it on my scalp, feet, knees, hips, genital areas, elbows and worst of all my hands. The other areas I can cope with and some have shown some improvement and some have disappeared altogether however my hands will be my undoing I fear. When I scratch them I can feel it on the inside, a weird feeling throughout my torso. I’m so tired of this. I cry almost everyday.
My GP asked if I tried “ Googling “ my symptoms ( she wasn’t even sure if my psoriasis was psoriasis) so finally got her to send me to a dermatologist who walked into the room and from a good distance asked to see my elbows. I started to step closer as I pulled my sleeves up to show my elbows and he shouted for me to “STOP RIGHT THERE!”
I was at least 10-15 away from him. He then nodded from that distance and replied that yes it is definitely psoriasis. I told him that I know nothing about psoriasis what can I do to cure it and his answer was...”Do you have an extra $40,000.00 a year to throw at biological medications?”
I replied that I didn’t and he responded with “well then there is nothing you can do, I can prescribe some ointment but it won’t work anyway.” then he proceeded to adamantly push Botox injections....ugh!


 john,darts vader
john,darts vader @chewbacca

hello ruy, sorry to heare all this, i am a lifer since birth, i have psoriatic arthritis too but, not bad as some here i am sure, i changed my diet/lifestyle and my skin is a big improvement and so is my arthritis, i dont have any pain accept my back but, i dont if thats related to the psoriatic arthritis,certain foods give us psoriatics an inflammatory response, its what we psoriatics do that makes psoriasis of the skin happen,some changes in diet/lifestyle is better than none but, it is a choice a choice for everyone ruby, it can take some time to see some difference and sometimes a short time but, some improvement is better than none isnt it ? it is a choice though and i am sorry about your psoriasis, i wish you well thanks



Don
Don @don1

Sorry about the misdiagnosis...but it happens. My physiotherapist, God bless her soul, first diagnosed me with PsA....then I took her note to my GP...who then confirmed...and sent me on my way....to an arthritis clinic. The only reason this happened was her eldest daughter was diagnosed..an she knew the criteria.

Things are not perfect in an in perfect world...

don


Susan
Susan @godcares

Ruby just keep on this site. You will find tons of ideas. I know that I post all the time about how I got healing with my diet and lifestyle changes. I just don't buy that there is no such thing as healing. I started from the inside. I also have other autoimmune diseases that I am free of symptoms and free of medications and pain pills... I always say, try something. It took time as I was my own guinea pig. LOL. I'm 56 and have had psoriasis since 7 years old. Eventually psoriatic arthritis, sjogrens, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis... Lot's of others but I don't even focus on them. Blessings to you.


Ruby
Ruby @rubyq

Thank you Susan, Don and John. I’m still trying to figure out this site so I hope I am posting in the right place. I’m trying things... sea salt baths help, started taking supplements fish oil, turmeric, b vitamins from what I have read I should add some vitamin D... every cream and lotion under the sun as well as cocoa butter, huge doses of probiotics (which are awesome). Trying to keep the stress levels down, not doing a great job at that...
There is a Himalayan Salt cave opening very soon nearby and I am hoping that will help. I would really love to hear what helps or works for anyone else. I honestly feel like a guinea pig bumbling around blindly in trying to find relief.


Susan
Susan @godcares

Ruby sounds like you are doing alot of great things. BTW... We are our own guinea pigs. LOL. I was anyway.



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