PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS DOESN’T GET ENOUGH ATTENTION.
AND YES, IT PISSES ME OFF. (HENCE THE ALL CAPS)
Back in middle school when a doctor mentioned it, my family and I had NO idea what it meant.
In 2012, when I was “officially” diagnosed with it…. we still had no idea what it meant. All we knew was that golfer guy had it since we saw him talking about Enbrel on TV all the time.
Sure, you could say – well Julie. Just because you didn’t know about it doesn’t mean it doesn’t get enough attention. And that’s fair. Whenever you’re not thinking about something consistently, you don’t necessarily notice all the places it pops up.
But having been paying attention for a few years now, I can tell you it doesn’t get enough attention. RECENTLY, in the last year or so, there has definitely been a push for more awareness. Before, the Arthritis Foundation rarely mentioned it! Now they have their own PsA publication (which is great!). There was even a commercial on tv JUST for psoriatic arthritis that ran this last year. And more and more pharma commercials are poppin’ up about it as well.
So there is a shift being made. . . but there still needs to be more awareness. And because of this, it drove me to write the following article.
My ask to you is to read it and then share this post so that others realize that we need to bring more attention to this condition. No, it’s not rheumatoid arthritis. No, it’s not just psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is it’s own thing and DESERVES attention on it’s own as well.
I was in middle school when a rheumatologist told me that I “probably had psoriatic arthritis.” Back then, I dismissed the notion completely. “Arthritis? Me?” I thought. “I’m not a grandma. I couldn’t have arthritis. No way.” In those days, we didn’t have the internet at our disposal.
What do you think? I’d love to know your comments below!!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!