My LONG psoriatic arthritis story summarized: In 5th grade, I had my first knee surgery. My meniscus was ripped, flipped and separated from the bone. My orthopedic surgeon back then said it was most likely something I was born with and I injured it from dance and softball. But, from that point on it seemed like I always had issues with my knee. Year in and year out, I was in therapy for knee pain, some problem or in the OR for a surgery. In middle school, a rheumatologist said that I “might” have psoriatic arthritis, but since I wasn’t even through puberty yet he didn’t want to put me on heavy-duty drugs. Since there was no definitive test, he wasn’t 100% positive. This was the mid-90’s and biologics had just come out as well. I’m not even sure they were indicated for juvenile use yet!

Fast forward to when I was 27 years old. I was working and started having problems again with my SI joint and knee. Through the years, I had just become accustomed to these things. But, this time it got to the point where my knee swelled up so much it locked. I ended up having 2 back to back surgeries that ultimately resulted in a week-long hospital stay. It was during that hospital stay that I was “officially” diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.

So if you’re being technical, I was diagnosed in 2012. But, if we’re honest, I’ve had psoriatic arthritis since I was little. I just didn’t have a name for all of the different symptoms I was experiencing. Now it’s SO extremely easy to look back and connect the dots. All those surgeries I had – meniscus, baker’s cyst, plica (to name a few). All those aches and pains. All the other “one-off issues” like sciatica. They all point to psoriatic arthritis and chronic inflammation.

In 2016 I had the chance to present my patient case study at Stanford Medicine X. Watch my “Patient case study – My data. My research. My results. How I used my own data to create a precision medicine approach to my autoimmunity” presentation replay here.

Through the years, I’ve picked up many different tools in my Psoriatic Arthritis toolbox. I started my blog a few years ago to connect with others who were going through similar situations. On top of writing in this blog, I also write for other online sources as well.

The following resources are posts and articles that I’ve written over the past few years. My hope is that you read as many as you like. Let this information help guide you to talk to your doctor, make informed decisions and to live your best life possible! And make sure to share them with your psoriatic friends as well. Sharing is caring 🙂

If you’d like to read the story of what led up to my 2012 – 2016 disability leave and me starting my blog, click here. All of the blogs link to one another and you’ll be able to go from one to another easily!

 

5 Parts to Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis | Ask Juls "Did an elimination diet help you manage your psoriatic arthritis?" | itsjustabadday.com Julie Cerrone Holistic Health Coach & Autoimmune WarriorManaging My Psoriatic Arthritis 

One of the best series I’ve done on my blog is “Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis”. This series was created after having been asked the question “Did an elimination diet help you manage my psoriatic arthritis?”.

Short answer – YES

Long answer – YES, but I’ve also done a lot of other things as well to help manage my condition. I focus on the following 5 areas to help manage my psoriatic arthritis.

Part 1: Elimination Diet

Part 2: Supplements

Part 3: Toxins

Part 4: Meditation & Mindfulness

Part 5: Yoga & Movement

I suggest you start with reading those posts.


Your Psoriatic Arthritis Healthcare Team

Not sure who should be on your healthcare team to manage your psoriatic arthritis? Check out these posts to help you decide.

Building Your Psoriatic Arthritis “Dream Team”

Searching For The Right Psoriatic Arthritis Doctor

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment: How Involved Should You Be?

Take Charge Of Your Doctor’s Appointments


Medication For Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

Here are the medications that I’ve taken for my psoriatic arthritis. The only one that’s not on the list is Vicodin. Apparently, I’ve not written about it? I’ve used it for pain management purposes.

Approved Biologics & Biosimilars For Psoriatic Arthritis 

Biologics vs Infusions For PsA

Is It Time To Change Your Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment?

Psoriatic Arthritis & Biologics: What You Should Know

Biologics vs Biosimilars – Do You Know the Difference?

How Many Medications Are Too Many?

Methotrexate

Humira

Otezla

Neurontin

Ativan


Managing An Autoimmune Condition Holistically - PART 2: Supplements | itsjustabadday.comSupplements For Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

I truly believe in the power of supplements. I believe that they can help increase your medication’s efficacy and truly put you on the path to healing. Work with your own doctor’s to decide which are right for you. I’ve worked with functional medicine and natural doctors to come up with my plan. 

My Current Supplement Regiment 

9 Supplements For Psoriatic Disease

My Journey Towards Managing Psoriatic Arthritis Sans Medication

Doterra Deep Blue Complex

Supplements I Took in 2015 

GMOs In Your Supplements


Ask Juls -What The Best Diet To Follow? | Spoonie Holistic Health Coach itsjustabadday.com juliecerrone.com Chronic Life SpoonieDiet For Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I truly think diet is an important tool that everyone MUST consider when they have a chronic condition. Here are just a FEW of the articles I’ve written through the years.

What Is the “Perfect” Diet?

Elimination Diet – What, How & Why?

Healing From The Inside Out

How My Diet Has Evolved Over The Years

Why Diet Is So Important In Fighting Psoriatic Disease

What You Need To Know About Elimination Diets Part 1

What You Need To Know About Elimination Diets Part 2

Elimination Diet for PsA

Can You Cheat On Your Diet?

Cauli-Rice & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chia Seeds & Salmon

4 Diet Makeover Ideas For People With PsA

Foods To Avoid When Living With Psoriasis

How A “Vegan Paleo” Diet Can Help Your Psoriasis And PsA

Easy Go-To Meals

Travel Snack Ideas

101+ Holiday Recipes

There’s More To Meatless Monday Than Cutting The Meat!


The Ultimate Resource For Managing Psoriatic Arthritis _ itsjustabadday.com Medication, diet, yoga, supplements, toxins, alternative therapies (1)Managing Flare-Ups Of Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

There are so many ways to manage your symptoms and flare-ups. Here are posts directly related to how I manage mine. 

Combatting Psoriatic Arthritis Flares With Food

Your Psoriatic Arthritis Survival Kit

My Go-To “Alternative” Therapies

Chronic Pain Management

Fatigue: How Can I Increase My Energy?

Sleep On It

Weather & PsA

Acupuncture – Part 1

Acupuncture – Part 2

Reiki

Massage

Nerve Blocks

 

Hand Pain & Stiffness

Dealing With “Arthritic Hands”

10 Tips For Managing Hand Pain & Stiffness

Exercises For Hand Stiffness And Pain

 

The Real Truth Of Flare-Ups

Am I A Failure?

PsA Flare Up & How I’m Managing

How I Manage My Symptoms When I Am Flaring


Living Live With Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

You truly can still live an amazing life with psoriatic disease! Don’t take my word for it, check out these posts.

Chroniclife Hacks: My Daily Modifications For Psoriatic Arthritis

Transitioning Back To Work Off Of Disability

Traveling With Disabilities

5 Social Life ChronicLife Tips

Chronic Pain Scale

Is Your Life In Balance?

To Feel Supported, Support Yourself

Sharing Is Therapeutic 

Primary vs Secondary Food

Releasing & Forgiving

Things That Make You Happy

5 Stages Of Grief & Loss With Chronic Illness

3 Tips For When You Feel Like Giving Up

How Life Changes

We Are Not Defined By Our Diagnosis

You Talk Like You Were Once Great

Honor The Crazy Life Journey You’re On

Disliking The Way You Handle Emotions

Healing In The Right Time

3 Steps To Open Yourself Up To Healing

I Wish I Was In The Hospital

Taking Care Of You When You Need It Most

Your Health Is Your Fulltime Job


Mindfulness & Meditation For Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

I really believe that being mindful and adding meditation to our days helps our bodies heal and relax. Here are my suggested resources for you!

3 Breathing Exercises For PsA

5 Ways To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Day

How Mindfulness Can Help Your Psoriatic Arthritis

4 Tips To Help You Stay On The Move with PsA 

The Best Exercises For PsA

An Easy Way To Add Meditation To Your Day

Balancing Mind, Body & Spirit

The Fastest Way To Healing Is Through Your Breath

Mind-Body Connection 

Mantras For Healing

Get Some Headspace


Yoga at Cool Springs

Yoga For Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

I went from not even being able to put weight on my left leg for months to teaching yoga classes. We have to move at our own pace and honor our body. Modify your practice as you need to. I highly suggest hiring a personal yoga instructor at first to help you figure out modifications that will work for your body. 

Yoga- An Important Treatment Aspect For Psoriatic Disease 

Why Yoga Could Be Part Of Your Strategy

How Chair Yoga Helped Me Handle My PsA

Full Chair Yoga Video Practice For Mobility Issues

6 Chair Yoga Poses For Your Psoriatic Arthritis

Poses For PsA: Chair Yoga Sun Breath Sequence

Chair Yoga: Modified Standing Postures for PsA

How Can I Get Into Yoga?


Loving Yourself With Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

You only get one body – so treat it kindly and love the crap out of it!

6 Ways To Love Yourself Despite Psoriatic Disease

3 Ways To Get More Vitamin L In Your Daily Diet

5 Dating Tips For Singles With Psoriasis

Dating On Disability

8 Negative Thoughts About PsA And How To Overcome Them

Life Never Goes As Planned – That You Can Plan On

Accept Yourself Where You Are

As You Start On Your Way, The Way Appears

It’s Easy To Be Positive When Everything Is Good

Show Some Love, People!

Loving Your Body

Love How Far You’ve Come

Accept Where You Are In Your Journey

Miracles, Love and YOU

2 Tools To Remind Us We’re All The Same


I am strong.I am powerful.I have an invisible illness that won't hold me back! Invisible Illness Week 2015 #Spoonie #chroniclife #Psoriatic #ArthritisPosts To Share With Your Friends To Increase Awareness

Here are posts that you can easily share with your friends and family members to let them know what you’re going through. Sometimes explaining it to them isn’t the easiest!

5 Ways I’m Suffering With PsA And You’d Never Know

10 Tips To Ensure You Receive The Support You Need

Managing Social Relationships With Psoriatic Disease – Educating Your Friends And Family

We Need More PsA Awareness!

Not All Disabilities Are Visible – My Experience With TSA

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

My Fight Song – Psoriatic Disease Bloggers Remix

No Rest For The Spoonie

Don’t Judge My Handicap Spot

Illness Is Not Only Tough On You, But On Your Loved Ones As Well


Personal Story With Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis

Here are a few posts of my own personal story for your reference. 

What Makes Me PsoStrong?

“I went Undiagnosed For 17 Years”

My Christmas Wish Was To Walk

How Psoriatic Arthritis Helped Me Discover Whole Health

Psoriatic Arthritis Isn’t Who I Am

5 Take Aways From Conquering Personal Challenges

Speaking At The FDA On Behalf Of Psoriatic Disease Patients


Learn From Other’s Psoriatic Arthritis & Psoriasis Stories

I think learning from each other is so important. Check out these links and stories from other psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis patients living their best lives!

Memo to Me – Psoriatic Arthritis Patient Stories

Memo to Me – Psoriasis Patient Stories

20+ Arthritis Bloggers To Follow

Psoriatic Arthritis Interview With Dr & Patient

Dara Torres Interview

LaLa Anthony’s Interview

 

Wishing You A Pain Free Day!

Julie Cerrone, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, Patient Empowerer, Autoimmune Warrior (Psoriatic Arthritis), Avascular Necrosis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome | itsjustabadday.com



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