Year in Review 2016
In honor of 2016, we wanted to highlight what you had to say about some of the top symptom challenges, treatment concerns, and quality of life issues. As you probably know, every week we create a poll to hear back from the people who matter most in the PlaquePsoriasis.com community - YOU!
With 2016 almost behind us, we thought it would be fun to share highlights about how you feel about life with psoriasis, symptoms of psoriasis, and current treatment. Out of all of the polls taken throughout 2016, here are some of the most popular (and interesting!):
Living with psoriasis
Living with plaque psoriasis is tough - and sometimes can make you feel isolated. Out of all of the polls about quality of life, these two seemed to resonate the most with the community:
How frequently does psoriasis affect your self-esteem?
Do you feel like your family and friends understand psoriasis?
If you're in need of some guidance or recommendations about living with psoriasis, you might find these articles helpful:
How has 2016 been for you when it comes to living with psoriasis? Share your thoughts in the discussion area.
Symptoms of Plaque Psoriasis
While those who live with psoriasis can experience many of the same symptoms, some are more intolerable and upsetting than others. Some people are lucky to not even experience the more common symptoms, while others seem to suffer from every single one. When it comes to symptoms of psoriasis, one "popular" complication of psoriasis is fatigue. Turns out, fatigue and psoriasis can go hand in hand. Here's what you told us:
How frequently do you experience fatigue due to your psoriasis?
Which has been the most difficult symptom to manage this year? Or, what symptom has improved the most for you over the course of 2016? See what others in the community are saying about their symptoms in 2016.
Treatments for Plaque Psoriasis
One of the most common threads of 2016 is the saying, "What works for one person may not work for another." Interestingly, the majority of you discuss the potential side effects of treatment with your healthcare provider:
When starting or changing a treatment option, how often do you discuss the potential side effects with your healthcare provider?
However, many are also concerned with the long-term health effects of treatment - particularly on the liver and kidneys.
Which of the following long-term health complications are you most concerned with?
Looking for more information on treatment options? These articles will help:
Ways to Manage and Treat Psoriasis
Quest for the Best Psoriasis Treatment
Are you trying a new treatment? Get feedback from other community members by posting your question on our Treatment Issues forum board. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before adding, dropping, or changing any component of your treatment plan.
Looking Forward to 2017
Having psoriasis can make you feel lonely. But try to remember that you are not "alone." There are others out there, like you, who are battling psoriasis every day. So, whether 2016 was a good or bad year, the community is here for you every single day of the year - through all of the ups and downs. Have happy and healthy New Year!
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