Sue's Story

Sue explains how her psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have impacted her life and her relationships. She describes daunting trips to the hairdressers, pregnancy with psoriasis and eventually finding a successful treatment.

Click to enlarge

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at the age of 29. Although looking back I’ve had it all my life. I was always at the doctors with aches and pains, sprained tendons and breaks. I was very sporty as a child, and I think this actually helped me with the pain, although it also masked the arthritis.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I developed pustular arthritis and my husband wouldn’t go near me. That was to become the story of my life. He wouldn’t help me attend doctors or hospital appointments. I did all that alone.

When my father died, the psoriasis came out in force. My skin was a mess, especially my scalp. I couldn’t wear black for fear of people thinking I had dandruff. A hairdresser actually tried scraping it all off saying that I hadn’t rinsed properly. After intense therapy at Amersham hospital, I now have it under control and now use a shampoo regularly to control it.

Four years ago I became so ill with the arthritis I couldn’t walk and went to the Rheumatologist in desperation. I was put on Methotrexate and, after a while trial varying amounts, I am now settled on 20 mg a week by injection.

So four years on, and now 55, I am managing my psoriasis and my psoriatic arthritis and am able to do more and have restarted the Couch to 5K! How happy this makes me is immeasurable.

Read more real-life stories from people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

We use cookies to help us provide you with a better service, but do not track anything that can be used to personally identify you. If you prefer us not to set these cookies, please visit our Cookie Settings page or continue browsing our site to accept them. Close