Not sponsored. In theatre-world, a triple threat is a great thing – that's about excelling in singing, dancing and acting. But in the world of psoriasis, arthritis and spine issues, a triple threat is... well, I have a lot of words for it, but let's go with NOT a great thing.
Longtime Beautygeeks readers – *waves hi* – may already know the info below from some of the posts I've written over the years:
- there's a link between psoriasis and arthritis
- that up to 30% of people who suffer from the first will develop the second, and
- that together they're an autoimmune disease called psoriatic arthritis (sorry-attic arth-rye-tiss). Details here, here and here.
What might be news, however, is that 20% of people who suffer from psoriatic arthritis will likely also develop spondylitis: inflammatory arthritis in the spine.
Right?? So not a triple-threat that'll win Tony or Academy awards.
I'm still researching spondylitis (also known as spondyloarthritis) reading up on the subject via spondylitis.ca to start. But don't wait for me to sort things out – if you're already dealing with psoriatic arthritis, take this quick quiz to see what's what.
#newdayforPsA and that twitter chat
Update: our chock-full-of-info Twitter chat has now finished, but you can search/click on #newdayforPsA to see all the tweets – tips and support sources from the Canadian Spondylitis Association and Association of Psoriasis Patients as well as key advice from Dr. Arthur Lau, rheumatologist and assistant professor at McMaster University; a large part of his practice is inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis).
You might like to join me in tonight's #newdayforPsA Twitter chat at 7pm EST. Co-hosted by the Canadian Spondylitis Association (on twitter, @spondylitisCA) and the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients (on twitter, @Psoriasis_CAPP), the discussion will focus on psoriatic arthritis – myths, challenges, resources, support and management options. Rheumatologist Dr. Arthur Lau (on twitter, @ArthurRheum) will be on hand to answer questions as well.
Oh! Also news is that Canadians now have their own National PsA Day – October 19th – to help build awareness. (Before this year, campaigns took place on World Psoriasis Day, which is later this month.)
Come, let's talk, share and support via tonight's 7pm chat on Twitter. Ask questions of the experts, @spondylitisCA, @Psoriasis_CAPP and @ArthurRheum, or just take notes for yourself or for someone else. (I'll be tweeting via @Beautygeeks.)
And Happy National PsA Day on October 19th, lovelies. Tweet you tonight?
Although I won't be paid for this post – I felt I had to write it when I realized spondylitis needed some discussion – my tweets and social-media posts re: the Twitter chat are sponsored by Abbvie, the company I partnered with to write the other PsA posts that appear on Beautygeeks.