So a couple of weeks a go, my cousin and I were watching a documentary on psoriasis and they were talking about the physical pain psoriasis can cause. And my cousin mentioned that she would have never realised that psoriasis could cause such discomfort. So I thought this would be a good blog post. I’m guessing many people think it just sits on the skin and that’s that, and how it makes people feel (besides emotionally and psychologically) is not commonly spoken about, but having psoriasis can actually be very discomforting. However, everyone has different experiences and the discomfort of the disease varies from person to person. But I’m guessing for most people the discomfort increases with the severity of the flare up, which has definitely been the case for me.
Through my experience, I can tell you that psoriasis is extremely itchy, and for me the itchiness is insane at night, which leads to loss of sleep and feeling fatigue the next day. Itching causes the skin to become very sore and sensitive, often getting a “burning” sort of feeling. And then wearing certain clothing adds to that irritation. I used to have patches over my elbows and my knees, and because the skin dries up quickly I would find that movement of my joints would be restricted/my skin would tighten, and sometimes it would even end up cracking and bleeding. Last year when my psoriasis was severe, it would constantly itch; burn and I’d have this tingly feeling, all through the day and all through the night. It would drive me insane and it would completely exhaust me!! And you just want to rip your skin off. I used to have to soak myself in Dead Sea salts daily to help calm down the irritation and burning. I’ve actually found this blog quite difficult to write. It’s really difficult to actually explain and describe the physical feelings, and it’s probably equally difficult to understand where I’m coming from if you don’t have psoriasis.