I have been suffering with chronic pain for just under a year and the odd ache in my knees/on and off skin issues for about 5 years. I was diagnosed a few days ago, with psoriatic arthritis. I’m 25 years old so when the pain started it was quite a shock and has been an even bigger shock to be diagnosed with this. The diagnoses is obviously still very fresh and I’m struggling to not think about my career, and what I understand to be a life long condition.
I have told my immediate family, who don’t seem to take this as seriously as I am (I understand as they can’t relate to what I’m going through). I do have other support in place (my partner and his family) and they have been very supportive and caring.
I’m writing to this group because I don’t want this diagnosis to consume my life but I’m struggling to not let this happen at the moment. It’s all I’ve been thinking about since Friday, most likely because the pain is still present and getting worse mostly everyday. I haven’t started medication yet (still waiting for the ok from my rheumatologist, that my x-rays and bloods are ok).
others who have the same or similar condition, how long until you felt effect from medication and are you still able to work/live a “normal” healthy life?
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