My Psoriatic Arthritis Journey: Connecting With My Rheumatologist
After I gave birth to my daughter in December of 2012, my joints were painful and swollen, and I was exhausted, but I assumed it was just a result of having a baby. I figured giving birth does wonky things to your body, and it was all part of being a new mom.
That summer, though, my ankles still looked and felt like I was nine months pregnant, and I noticed a cut on the back of my foot that wouldn’t heal. I went to a podiatrist, one of the few specialists in my small Louisiana town, and he said I probably just stepped on something sharp. He gave me some topical medication and sent me on my way. But then, I noticed dry, flaky skin around the area, and told the doctor; he said it could be athlete’s foot. I took all kinds of medications and creams and nothing helped. And then, it started to spread to my other foot. My heels got so painful and dry that I had to walk around on my tiptoes. I knew something was wrong, but I figured that the doctor knew best.
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