Sometimes hearing from other people who are going through the same thing you are can help you stay positive. This section brings you stories about patients who know what it's like to live with psoriasis. You’ll also find stories from people who have psoriatic arthritis, which is a related condition that commonly includes skin symptoms and joint pain. Read on and learn from their struggles, strategies, and successes.
As I got older, I just became more and more frustrated as my symptoms worsened. I went to a dermatologist who had me try several types of treatment, 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 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, and have the confidence to encourage others as a cheerleading coach for the Special Olympics.
After talking about his options with his dermatologist, he changed his treatment. Robert says his plaques have improved and now cover much less of his body. “I go out a lot more now because I’m not embarrassed.” Robert even joined his wife on a company trip to the Bahamas, where he spent lots of time on the beach with her and her coworkers.
terrible pain in his hands, shoulders, hips, feet, and knees. "When you can’t hold your newborn grandkids, it’s a horrible feeling.”
After finding a treatment that worked for him, Bob felt a significant improvement in his symptoms. His fingers, which used to look like sausages, have gone back to normal. He’s even able to continue fighting fires. He no longer has to rely on other firefighters to carry his equipment. He’s also able to hold other important cargo: his grandchildren. “Now I can hold them, play ball with them, and hug them without pain.”