I've tried to cover the plaques on my scalp for as long as I can remember. Then, as I got older, the plaques started to cover my arms and legs. By the time I was a teenager, I was wearing long sleeves and pants to hide my plaques, even in the middle of summer. Even inside my home, life was difficult. I told my family that my condition wasn't contagious, but they would always put long sheets on chairs because they thought my psoriasis would ruin their furniture.
As I got older, I just became more and more frustrated as my symptoms worsened. The most difficult part was the itching, flaking, and the redness. It spread all the way down to my eyebrows. I tried to keep my bangs long. I went to a dermatologist who had me try several types of treatments, but none really worked. Was I just going to live like this forever? But then, we finally found one that worked. After about a month of using it, a coworker ran up to me and said, "Gina! Look at your forehead! It's clearer!" I immediately ran to the bathroom and looked into the mirror and saw that my plaques were not nearly as noticeable. The first time I was able to go the ballpark wearing a tank top was incredible.
The first time I was able to go to the ballpark wearing a tank top was incredible.The only time I wore tank tops before was in my house or going to bed. Now, I feel comfortable letting my skin show.
I would get topical creams from the doctor, but none of them really worked. As time went on I noticed more plaques on my legs, arms, chest, and back. They just wouldn't go away. I was getting frustrated.
Now my plaques have improved and cover much less of my body.It wasn't until I started talking about other options with my dermatologist that he changed my treatment. Now, after all this time, my plaques have improved and cover much less of my body. I even went on a company trip to the Bahamas and spent lots of time on the beach. It was a big step for me.
I first was diagnosed with psoriasis, then 10 years later I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I was only 26.
My plaques were pretty severe. I had them on my face—eyebrows, cheeks, under my eyes; stomach; elbows; and upper thighs. And they would crack and bleed.
I had to stick with topical treatments for my psoriasis as oral medications didn't agree with me. I also tried natural remedies, but had little success.
As a firefighter, I was coming to grips with the fact that the disease was winning. I was ready to keep working as long as I could, but knowing I'd eventually have to take a desk job.
I had plaques on my face, elbows, stomach, thighs... (now) I have significantly less.
I went to my dermatologist asking for one treatment, but she recommended another. I trusted her judgment, and when I went back to see her three months later for a follow-up, I was so thrilled with how I felt I gave her a hug. My fingers, which used to look like chestnuts, were back to nearly normal, and I only had a few lesions left. I'm even able to continue fighting fires, and no longer have to rely on other firefighters to carry my equipment. I love being a fireman, and now I feel like a fireman.
I was just 16 when I noticed a patch of rough skin on my elbow. My uncle and grandmother had plaque psoriasis, so when I started getting plaques my mom recognized it right away.
My entire body would show signs, such as plaques on my elbows and knees. My life as a teenager was drastically changing.
I tried several treatments, including creams that my doctor prescribed, but in November 2002 my doctor suggested a different option.
I have been able to make new goals for myself.Over the next six months I could see myself getting better. I have been able to make new goals for myself. I know everyone reacts differently to treatment but personally I have had great success.
When I look back, I realize that I had been living with symptoms for about 30 years. It started with a small rash, then eventually covered 90% of my body. The most affected areas were my hands, knees, elbows, groin, and legs. I didn't dare wear shorts even on the hottest summer days, because when people saw my plaques, they'd always ask what was wrong, and I didn't want to talk about it. I tried many treatments over the years and just had failure after failure.
The best part is people don't make comments anymore!Then, in 2006, I began to experience joint pain in my hips and knees along with my skin symptoms. That's when my doctor started me on a new treatment. It was wonderful not to have to sweep the bed of flaked skin every morning! And now, I can wear shorts while tending to my 75 rose bushes without feeling embarrassed! The best part is people don't make comments anymore. In fact, I enjoy being outside and in public as much as possible.
It started with pain in my big toe. I thought I just injured it. Then I noticed that I had psoriasis on my scalp. I've had intermittent psoriasis since I was in college. But when I moved from Ireland to Florida with my wife and children, my psoriasis worsened.
I went to a dermatologist who recommended a treatment, but my insurance company pushed back. That meant for a full year I was only able to treat with topical creams, light therapy, and some other medications. Some of the treatments helped, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted.
I hope talking about my story can help others.Then, finally, in September 2013, my insurance approved the original treatment my dermatologist prescribed, and that's when things started to change. I began to see improvement in my skin. After treatment, I could do things that I hadn't been able to do for a long time.