I am constantly reading about psoriasis these days and I am struck by how many types of treatment options are available and working for people like you and me. People around the world seem to be finding success with prescription drugs, over the counter medicine, elimination diets, nutritional supplements… The list goes on and on. I am more and more encouraged by the new advancements and options available to try. Now, more than ever before in my life, I have hope.
Go back a few years and you would meet a guy with a completely different outlook. I was resigned to living with out of control psoriasis. I had little hope that things could ever change. Other than a half-hearted attempt to change my diet (which I failed at regularly), I was doing nothing to improve my psoriasis even though it covered much of my body, made my itch and bleed, and made me feel terrible about the way I looked.
What took me from despair to hope?
My turning point was having kids. One day it just clicked. I didn’t want my kids to be teased in school because of their weird looking Dad. I didn’t want to tell them Daddy couldn’t play today because I was in too much pain. And in case one day they too developed this disease, I wanted to show them it’s better to treat their P than just give up.
So I scoured the internet, I spoke to my doctor, and I got a referral to a dermatologist. Together, we’ve tried a few different ways to manage my disease over the last couple of years. Some didn’t work. Old Healthy Scratch probably would have given up, but as a result of being armed with knowledge and having a bit more hope I stuck it out.
I am more clear today than I have been in at least 20 years. I could not be happier.
So, if what you are doing to treat your psoriasis is working then that’s awesome. Way to go! But if your psoriasis or joints are not well maintained or worsening then I would suggest that you review your options and talk with your doctor or dermatologist to see if it’s time to make a change.
If you haven’t seen a doctor in a long time and are living with out of control P then do yourself a favor: Take the first step and get an appointment. I let myself settle for getting by for too long because I gave up hope.
I can’t guarantee that your psoriasis will be completely cleared – mine isn’t. But man is it better!
So my encouragement to you is to get informed about the latest develoments in treating this disease. If you don’t know what options are available to you and all you know is “chronic incurable disease” then it is easy to settle.
I hope that by reading up and talking to real professionals that you will find the tools you need to allow you to manage your psoriasis and live well.
Take the first step today towards a healthier tomorrow.
Mr Healthy Scratch