Who gets psoriasis?
Roughly 50 million Americans live with arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, and the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) estimates that 2.4 million of those people have the psoriatic type.
Up to one-third of all people with psoriasis have also been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). I’ve been fortunate not to have gotten that diagnosis, but many of my friends in the psoriatic community have to juggle treatments for their skin as well as their joints.
Last month was National Arthritis Awareness Month and Psoriatic Arthritis Action Month, and I decided to reach out to three friends with PsA: Jaime Lyn Moy, Brenda Kong, and Jim Sneeden. I’ve known them for the past few years through various psoriasis advocacy events and groups. Each of them graciously shared with me their stories, along with tips to pass along to others with PsA.
Don’t Ignore Signs or Delay Treatment
The earlier psoriatic arthritis is diagnosed and treated, the better to potentially avoid permanent damage to joints.
Jaime caught her psoriatic arthritis early partly due to her family history. “My son was diagnosed at age 4 with psoriasis and age 5 with psoriatic arthritis. At the time of these diagnoses, the doctors asked, ‘Who in your family has it?’” she recalls. “At that time, I knew of no one. Three years later, I started having symptoms and was diagnosed with both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Unlike many patients who may go years without a psoriatic arthritis diagnosis, mine came quickly because I had visible signs of psoriasis and because of my family history with my son.”
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