Psoriasis anyone?

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alli sunshine
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been around for a while. One of my little guys is getting his tonsils out Wed. and other one starts PT tomorrow, so I have put my health stuff on hold for a while. I came here after numerous symptoms and a highly positive ANA test, as well as a family history of RA and personal history of Raynauds. My rheumatologist wanted me to see a podiatrist about my foot pain and then come back to see him. Haven't been able to work that out yet with all the other stuff. Anyway, I think I have now developed psoriasis on my neck near my scalp. Red patches that itch, get very scaly and clear/silver looking, and peel off. (Sorry if that's gross.) It is really bad on one side and not as bad on the other. I go back to my dermatologist in September for a skin check, so I am going to have her look at it then. I have had this for at least 4 months. DH has psoriasis, and when he looked at it yesterday, he said that's what he thought it was. As I was reading about it, I see it is an auto-immune disease as well. I was wondering if anyone here could let me know how it relates to other auto-immune diseases. Just when I think we are getting the puzzle pieces in place, another one pops up...

Thanks for any info.

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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi alli sunshine,
There is an autoimmune disease called Psoriatic Arthritis.  It's basically Psoriasis combined with RA.  I have a friend with it.  Definitely talk to your GP or rheumy about that possibility.  Psoriasis and Eczema are autoimmune.  I had Eczema badly about 10 years before my diagnosis came along.  Once the immune system is suppressed, it usually goes away.  But if you have PA, it tends to stick around.
Hope you get some answers soon!
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