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Is Psoriasis Connected To Fibromyalgia?
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I seem to get it badly on my scalp or when I use certain soaps on my body. I have to always use soapless body washes in the bath and hand washes so my skin doesn't dry out or flake.

I use Kez/Niz on my hair for my shampoo which doesn't seem to help for long.

posted September 9, 2018
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What Explains the Link Between Psoriasis and Fibromyalgia?

People who fibromyalgia often don’t just suffer from fibromyalgia. There are a number of diseases that seem to go hand-in-hand with the condition. Fibromyalgia seems to be liked to things mood disorders, PTSD, arthritis, and IBS. Sometimes, you can even see the conditions that go along with fibromyalgia, like psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a tough condition to deal with, which is why it’s such a concern for people with fibromyalgia. So, what should you know about psoriasis? And how is it liked to fibromyalgia?

What Should You Know About Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a condition that causes scaly patches to form on the skin. These patches are usually red and inflamed. And they are often very sensitive to the touch and may be quite itchy. The issues with the skin usually come and go. Sometimes, you might experience small outbreaks. And other times, there may be major outbreaks that cover large areas of the skin.

There are a few different types of psoriasis. The most common form is called plaque psoriasis. This form causes the basic skin outbreaks that you might be familiar with, and it can occur anywhere.

Those forms include nail psoriasis, which causes damage to the finger and toenails, and erythrodermic psoriasis, which creates a huge rash all over the body.

Finally, there’s psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that combines the skin problems of psoriasis with the joint pain of arthritis. This joint pain can sometimes make it hard to distinguish from fibromyalgia, which also causes pain near the joints.

Like other forms of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease. In a healthy immune system, your body produces cells that target and destroy bacteria. It’s an important part of keeping you healthy. But sometimes, the immune system begins to target the body’s own cells instead.

When this happens, it produces an autoimmune disease. In the case of psoriasis, the immune cells attack the skin cells, which causes them to multiply rapidly. That explosion in the number of skin cells produces the scaly patches we associate with the disorder.

Psoriatic arthritis is especially interesting for people with fibromyalgia because the conditions can actually cause similar symptoms.

And there seems to be a strong link between psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia.

How Is It Linked To Fibromyalgia?
Both conditions can lead to fatigue and stiffness. People with fibromyalgia often seem to develop psoriatic arthritis and vice versa. Psoriasis is also an autoimmune condition

posted September 9, 2018
A MyFibroTeam Member

I have a daughter that has like a psoriasis and a beautician suggested tea tree special shampoo. It has worked wonders. I use it to give my hair a thorough cleansing every now and again.

posted September 10, 2018
A MyFibroTeam Member

I have a condition on my scalp which to be honest i cant remember the name to. I have tried various treatments and been given various treatments of the doctor with a steriod in it which only work for a short period as they can only be used once a week. But i have recently found using dentinox cradle cap for babies has practically cleared up my scalp after a week. Ive never felt such a relief on my scalp. Its not clumpy n flaky or itchy.

posted September 9, 2018
A MyFibroTeam Member

I have it. My doc says the prescription shampoo has to be used 3 times a week. It is another auto-immune disease so, yes, it is related. Sigh.

posted September 11, 2018
A MyFibroTeam Member

Was wondering since both stress and seasons seems to affect my fatigue, pain and Psoriasis at the same time so not sure if it's a coincedence.

posted September 9, 2018

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