We bet most of you have been on the receiving end of this endlessly frustrating response at least once since your diagnosis. It can be an incredibly hard thing to hear (particularly on a bad flare-up day) and especially when you know that the person really is just trying to make you feel better.
But living with an invisible illness like PsA doesn’t just involve combatting symptoms, flares and doctor’s appointments; a big part of it is trying to explain the impact of the condition to people who may not have even heard of it before.
We reveal some of the top misconceptions from people who don’t have first-hand experience of PsA… any of these sound familiar?
Although it may sometimes feel like you’re repeating yourself, talking with your family and friends about your condition is the only way they’ll truly be able to empathise and help.
1McDonough, E et al. Depression and anxiety in psoriatic disease: prevalence and associated factors. J Rheumatol. 2014 May;41(5):887-96 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24692521
2Website: Clinical Pain Advisor. Ostrow, N. Psoriatic Arthritis Linked to High Fatigue 2016. http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com/arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis-linked-to-high-fatigue/article/490025/
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