Case Stories

A teenager's view
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

I was only 14 years old when my family moved to another part of the country, it was a very distressing time for me as all my friends were left behind.

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I'm positive and optimistic
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

Most people do not seem to be conscious of the need for a healthy skin until they have a problem, possibly because most people seem to be able to get away with it; but for a few of us it is not so easy.

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I am only human
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

I was diagnosed to be suffering from psoriatic arthritis when I was my early thirties.

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I was ten years old
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

My psoriasis started when I was ten years old, itchy red patches with silvery scaly skin which fell off every time I moved.

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I was called a leper
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

After a dermatologist diagnosed psoriasis I had many periods in hospital for intensive treatment, which consisted of ultraviolet light therapy and tar baths.

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I've learnt to adapt
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

I first noticed a small patch of what I thought was eczema on my right leg. I was not too concerned even though it did not respond to any of the normal applications. The condition seemed to come and go so it didn't affect me unduly.

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I was seventeen
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

I was seventeen and had been experiencing pain in my legs for a while, usually on my way to catch the school bus in the morning. I put it down to being unfit and dismissed it. As far as I was concerned my only health problem was psoriasis, which I had suffered with since childhood.

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Daily life is far from easy
Tue, 07 Feb 2012

My psoriasis started when I was 14 and I received the usual coal tar ointment and sun-ray treatments at the local hospital. It wasn't until my daughter was born that a couple of my fingers became swollen. After the birth of my son 4 years later the condition deteriorated.

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I'm not looking for a miracle anymore
Mon, 06 Feb 2012

I was twelve years old when I first noticed that my right knee was swollen and painful. My GP referred me to an orthopaedic specialist, who aspirated my knee and sent the fluid off for analysis; a procedure that I was to endure regularly for many months!

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Suffered for years
Mon, 01 Mar 2010

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in October 2009. For years I have had problems with swollen joints, I visited my doctor several times explaining the joint that was swollen at that point.

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