First of all, in April 2018, I finally decided to do something about my plaque Psoriasis. Things came to a head (if you’ll forgive the expression), when the pain on my “boaby” became too much to bear. As I was finishing off a SharePoint contract in London, even walking to the Tube was a painful experience. Think of rubbing a graze on your knee with a cheese grater. You can imagine the rest?
Anyway, enough was enough, and I decided that I would take a few months off work to combat this awful disease. I met with my dermatologist in early May 2018, and a new way was decided upon. UV light treatment, starting in June 2018.
Here is a picture of my back at the beginning of May. Not a pretty sight. Also it is unbearably itchy.
Not only that, but I had a good look at my diet. Also, my weight, my moods and my lifestyle. I came to the resounding conclusion that I had to document all of this. Especially relevant is that I also have type 2 diabetes. Does this have an impact on the P? So, blogging about all this is in the hope that I can help others. Help them to get the dreaded P under some form of control. All my thoughts will go into my posts on here. This will be an ongoing process. Watch this space.
At the end of May, I ran a little stock check on my progress. I started meditation. Got busy with some self hypnosis. Altered my diet. Started exercising more. Took various additives and dietary supplements. I found myself having a much better sense of well being. The pain on that important little place had gone. The relief was palpable. So something in that mix was doing me some good. I noticed a slight improvement on the rest of my body too. I endeavoured to get out in the sun as much as possible. Work on Flattie progressed nicely too. Albeit slowly.
Plaque Psoriasis and the Future
So just what does the future hold for my journey with P? What does it hold for you? I hope you will follow my progress. Probably, it will take some time, but the end result will be worth it. I want to hear of your stories, your recommendations, your journeys. The idea being that we can all work together and we can all help each other fight the dreaded P. Something we can all follow, contribute to, improve upon. This is so that others now and down the line can get some respite. Hopefully quicker than with the traditional methods of topical creams etc (which in my experience don’t really work). I hope we can find more natural methods, change our lifestyles, change our viewpoints. It takes an open mind, and some dedication. As we all know, there is no quick fix, and no cure.
I will be donating a percentage of future eBook sales (mainly IT ones) to various P charities. Therefore it makes sense to channel some funds back into research. I hope my/our findings will prove useful for the organisations that I will get involved with.
There must be alternative ways of getting to grips with plaque psoriasis. Most of the traditional methods don’t work. There are strong drugs out there that can assist (Methotrexate, Acitretin). These have some unwelcome side effects.
- dry eyes, chapped or peeling skin, hair loss;
- itching, scaling, or sticky feeling on your skin;
- weak nails, fragile skin;
- dry mouth, dry or runny nose, nosebleeds;
- mild headache, muscle tightness;
- nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea;
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
- potential liver and kidney damage
To name but a few. After speaking with my Doctor, I decided that UV light is a better option to start with. This combined with the various changes outlined above should help.
So what will my future posts contain? Initially, I hope to chart the journey. An exercise plan? A dietary plan? Some tips and tricks on meditation and hypnosis. Some tips on self help. A list of supplements. I’ll list some foods that are deemed to be bad for P. A list of foods that are good for P. Plus a list of drinks that are good/bad for P. In fact, I’d love to hear from you if there is anything you’d like included. Some topics for me to research perhaps?
Furthermore, there is a lot of information all over the Internet around P. I think it is time to collate as much as possible and put it all into into one cohesive structure. I hope to be adding a free download in the future.
Together, we’ll crack it
In conclusion then, it will be a long journey. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. There’s no magic bullet. No quick turnaround. Essentially, there is no cure for P. So we’re all up against it. It will require a lot of hard work and patience. The communal spirit is vital for our collective success. The more we put in, the more we will get out. I hope maybe you will help me to help you and really get behind this idea with me.
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Best for now,