Psoriatic Arthritis And Biologics. What You Should Know.

Psoriatic Arthritis And Biologics. What You Should Know.

Back in middle school, my doctors didn’t want to put me on “heavy duty meds” because I hadn’t even gone through puberty. And, come to think of it, it was the mid 90’s so biologics were probably not indicated for juvenile use yet.

In 2012, when I did start on them, I wanted everything and ANYTHING that would help me. I didn’t weigh my options or list the pros and cons. I heard that it could help me and I was like “sign me up”!

But now, I have a much different thought process. YES – they help. YES- they can be life-changing. BUT, do I want to take them?

There’s so much to consider when deciding to go on a biologic. I’ve written a few posts that I’d love to share with you that can help you make an informed decision.

First, I wrote this post about the different types of biologics and biosimilars that are approved for psoriatic arthritis (as of the date of publishing).

Biologics and Biosimilars for Psoriatic Arthritis | HealthCentral

Biologics target the main proteins that have been shown to cause psoriatic arthritis and can help patients manage their disease more effectively.

Second, I’d love to share with you several patient’s thoughts on what they’d wish they’d have known before starting a biologic.

What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Biologic | HealthCentral

A few years ago, I was at my wit’s end. After being in pain for months, I ended up in the hospital for a week-long stay. I wasn’t sure what was going on with my body and I wanted answers: A diagnosis, a medication, a surgery-anything. I just wanted relief.

And third, I’d like to share 3 success stories with you. Biologics can be life-changing and can really help you manage your conditions. Don’t take my word for it, take these 3 ladies words for it!

 

Amberlee’s Psoriatic Arthritis Journey With Biologics | HealthCentral

After years of severe symptoms, Amberlee Barricklow was put on biologics for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Here, she talks about her experience.

Michelle’s Psoriatic Arthritis: A Biologics Success Story – Skin Care | HealthCentral

“I have been on pretty much every biologic (injectable) that has been approved for PsA.” _ It seems like a broken record. A patient has psoriasis, they begin to have joint pain and it takes a while for all the pieces of the puzzle to come together.

A Biologics Success Story with Psoriatic Disease: Jen Fish – Skin Care | HealthCentral

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I’m currently not on a biologic, but my latest course of treatment was Otezla. If you’re interested in my experience, click here to find posts about it!

I personally find that a 5 step approach to my psoriatic arthritis helps me manage my condition. To learn more about it, check out this post and follow the steps (Elimination DietSupplementsToxinsMeditation & Mindfulness, and Yoga & Movement).

Wishing You A Pain Free Day

Julie Cerrone, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, Patient Empowerer, Autoimmune Warrior (Psoriatic Arthritis), Avascular Necrosis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome | itsjustabadday.com