I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Sjogren’s Syndrome in the summer of 2015. However, I had been having symptoms for more than 5 years and had been seeking a diagnosis, to no avail. I had rheumatologists tell me that I was too young to have any sort of arthritis (although I had had osteoarthritis since I was 16). Because any treatment had been delayed for so long, I have severe degeneration of the spine and cartilage, partial fusion of the hip bones, major decay in my teeth due to dry mouth, vision damage from dry eye (the latter two caused by the Sjogren’s), and constant severe pain in my thoracic spine and hips. I also have previously-diagnosed chronic migraines, trigger finger, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendinitis, bone spurs, and chronic fatigue.
I am a 39 year old single mother, dog lover, avid reader, writer, and constant seeker of knowledge. My 18 year old son is a senior in high school.