- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
The Horrors of Having Psoriasis
Living with Psoriasis
I was really lucky to be born with very good looking skin. My mom said it was from their side of the family. I never had any major break outs or even blemishes. Then everything changed 5 1/2 years ago. I had a very painful accident. I twisted my whole right leg slipping on a speed bump that I was walking over. I tore 3 ligaments and was in agony within 15 minutes of the accident. After a few days it happened I noticed I started having really bad dandruff. I didn't even have dandruff before the accident so it was all very confusing to me. The next thing you know I started developing patches of dry skin on my forehead, on the back of my ears, arms and legs.
I completely freaked out! I went to my primary doctor right away and asked him what was going on. He said it might be Psoriasis but he would want a Dermatologist to confirm for me. He prescribed some oil and ointments for my scalp and skin to help out until I got my appointment from the Dermatologist which took about 2 weeks to get.
Finally when I met with the Dermatologist she immediately knew it was Psoriasis. She however wanted a biopsy done on a patch that was growing on my right arm. After a week I went back to her and her guess was right. It was Psoriasis. I asked her if it was contagious, was there a cure, where did I get it and what the heck do I do with my scalp?!
The doctor told me that it was an auto-immune disorder. She said I probably inherited it from my parents or grandparents and that it was just dormant the whole time. She explained that it was probably activated by the trauma of my accident. As she tried to explain more about this skin disorder, like no it is not contagious and that I could pass it on to my children, I just got more upset. She told me there is no cure. The flare ups could only be controlled but it will never really go away. The more I learned about the disease the more complex it is to me.
Call me cynical but it really just annoyed me more! I felt like more depressed especially since I was still in major pain because of my leg problem. She prescribed additional creams and oils to help me out and told me to come back in a month to see if it has improved. After a month my looks somehow improved but the scalp issues were still very prominent. She told me to just continue and then maybe we can try photo therapy.
So that's been 5 1/2 years ago, some of the patches are gone but some still come back to keep annoying me. I couldn't try oral medication cause I have other really bad health issues to deal with and my primary doctor thinks that my Psoriasis is the least of my problems. I've been trying home remedies that I could google and found some useful ones. Like I am currently taking Primrose Evening Oil, I also put heavy petroleum jelly on any part of my body that starts to dry up and of course I tried to change my diet too. I moisturize twice a day plus I use T Plus Gel shampoo to minimize my dandruff and yet every time the weather changes it all comes back double the trouble!!
I am still trying to find a better solution for this and I am still hoping that someone out there has a cure for it. Some may think that it's just a skin disorder but believe you me it's worst than that. I also have Psoriasis Arthritis now and I didn't expect to have Arthritis not until I am 70 at least. As you can see in my own photo on the right, those red flare ups around my forehead are the worst and the flaking on my eyebrows. Then some little patches of dry skin on my cheeks. I didn't want to show you all my ears cause they look disgusting. I sometimes feel that people think I am contagious especially when I can't explain myself. The only comfort I get is when I put on a ton of make up, as you can see on the lower photo.
I am open to suggestions and help so just comment below. Thanks for reading and I hope I imparted some information to those who wonder what Psoriasis is.