PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS & SPONDYLITIS

As if dealing with chronic psoriatic arthritis isn't enough, it seems 20% of those afflicted will likely develop some variation of spondylitis. Wait, spondy-WHAT??
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National PsA Day Canada-psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis

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:

  1. there's a link between psoriasis and arthritis
  2. that up to 30% of people who suffer from the first will develop the second, and 
  3. 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.

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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.)

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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?

xoxo

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.

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