Hello, my name is Debbie, I am 37 years old, single mum and I have suffered with mild psoriasis for as long as I can remember.
3 years ago I started to suffer with joint pain, my G.P told me I had fibromyalgia, I asked to be seen by a consultant as I wasn't convinced the diagnosis was right. I was convinced it was a type of arthritis.
After many trips to and from the hospital, seeing 2 different consultants, 2 months ago I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.
I'm currently taking co-codamol and Meloxicam for pain relief. The consultant gave me the depo steriod injection in my butt about 8 weeks ago, but it clearly hasn't worked as I am in just as much pain.
Until last week I was self-employed but I have now closed my business as I am unable to work due to the amount of pain I am in.
I have been told to call welfare support for help and advice on what benefits I can claim as I am not fit to work.
I have joined this site as I am desperate for help and advice.
A friend told me to drink a small glass of cherry juice a day. I tried this but I am no longer drinking it because 1, I don't like it and 2, it didn't work.
Due to the pain I don't sleep much and I am constantly tired.
Luckily my youngest child is 11 and very independent and I have 2 teenagers who still live at home.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated x