You might feel frustrated or embarrassed,1 miss out on social activities1,2 or have to take time off work because of your psoriatic arthritis.3 While all of this could make you feel lonely or isolated, please remember that you are not alone.2
Talking about your PsA with others may be daunting, especially if you’re used to hiding it, but having a conversation could make you feel free and boost your confidence. It could also help you get the support you need from those around you. There’s no pressure to do so, but if you want to have a dialogue with a friend, family member or colleague, here are some general tips about where to start:4
It’s also very important to be open and honest with your healthcare professional – this could ensure you’re on the right treatment for you, so that your PsA doesn’t get in the way of you living your life exactly as you choose.5
If you are experiencing symptoms, or don’t feel that your treatment is controlling your PsA, please speak to your healthcare professional.5 Take a look at our helpful tips to help you have a productive conversation during your next appointment.
There are also many other patients with PsA who will understand just what you’re going through.2 Your healthcare professional may be able to direct you to local or online groups where you can meet others with PsA. Alternatively, try searching below to find a group local to you.
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