Last updated: August 2020

My story starts at around 5 or 6 years old. I had 2 different spots, one on my head and one on my arm. The doctors chalked up the one on my head as a patch of dry skin and the one on my arm as ringworm and treated it accordingly.

Getting diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Fast forward 10 years and DOZENS of ineffective medicines later (pills, creams, shampoos, ointments, foam sprays, you name it) I get referred to a wonderful dermatologist. She not only finally diagnosed me with psoriasis, but asked if my back or other joints had been hurting. I told her yes, but thought it was just my bookbag since I carried all of my school books with me instead of using a locker. She then referred me to an arthritis clinic and from there they diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis as well.

Doing my best to stay positive

It's been a long road, accepting this is something I'll have to live with, trying medications that don't work or have AWFUL side effects, but I try to remain positive. I'm experiencing a terrible flare-up now for the past couple years, due to me not having any medication or insurance.

If anyone has any home remedies that help keep the pain and irritation under control I would be forever grateful. If you made it this far, thanks so much for reading and remember, you're BEAUTIFUL. Much love!

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