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My Psoriasis Story | Psoriasis Pictures, Symptoms, Treatment, Cures
Saturday, January 30th, 2010

My Psoriasis Story

I first developed symptoms of psoriasis over twenty years ago, when I was 23 years old. I had noticed my father’s psoriasis when I was a boy, but, not knowing about the hereditary aspect of psoriasis, it had never occurred to me that I would develop psoriasis as an adult.

At first, I ignored the itchy scales on my head, underneath my hair, until they were too unsightly to ignore anymore. I consulted with my father, who shared what little he knew from his experience and dermatologist about treating psoriasis; the usual basic stuff- coal tar shampoo, hydrocortisone, and sunshine, and also dovonex. I found that the dovonex worked well enough for me, after I gave it a chance, to keep my symptoms under control, but there were still times when it felt out of control, and I’d be embarrassed by the flakes in my hair and occasional lesions on my body.

But the psoriasis seemed minor when I also started to suffer from psoriatic arthritis. When I was 35, I started noticing a few more aches and pains than usual. As a former athlete who had almost qualified for the Olympic Trials in track and field, I was used to dealing with various forms of tendonitis, so I dismissed these aches as old athletic injuries and ignored them for as long as I could. One day, however, while dealing with an achey back, tender hips, a swollen knee, and a tender achilles tendon, I looked down at my feet and was shocked to notice that two of my toes had begun to look strangely swollen and deformed, and were starting to curl. After a number of consultations with physicians one finally gave me the correct diagnosis, saying “I hate to say this, because I have little success treating it, but you have psoriatic arthritis.”

My rheumatologist at the time suggested that I take methotrexate and/or sulfasalizine, and when I asked him how and why they worked and what caused psoriatic arthritis, he shrugged his shoulders and said: “We’re not sure.” I looked at their side effects, which when combined with their relative lack of success in treating psoriatic athritis helped me decide to try to take matters into my own hands, and I scoured the internet for all available information on psoriatic arthritis. I finally found one plausible explanation, that psoriatic arthritis was possibly triggered by infection and other possible co-factors, helped by a mechanism called “molecular mimicry” wherein a foreign¬†antigen resembling one’s own cells triggers the immune system to attack one’s own cells as well as the invading antigen.

A few research papers suggested trying both diet modification and antibiotics, and within days of radically modifying my diet, I was walking without limping for the first time in six months. Eventually all my arthritic symptoms had disappeared, and have never returned.

Following my success in treating my own psoriatic arthritis, I turned my attention to my psoriasis, which had for the most part remained. I found that my psoriasis also responded to diet modification; for example, if I fasted for just 2 1/2 days, I would usually notice a reduction of approximately 75% of my symptoms- which inspired me to look for dietary triggers and other co-factors and helpful treatments.

In these pages I’ve compiled some of what I’ve learned. But make no mistake; psoriasis is stubborn, and without dedication (and a little bit of luck) it can be difficult to make progress in clearing psoriatic symptoms. But it can be done! If i can do it, you can too!

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