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I woke up one day with terrible knee pain. It was so bad that I couldn't even walk down the steps. The pain came and went and then I noticed swelling behind my knee. I have two children, and something as simple as sitting on the floor and playing with them became a struggle. When I would try to stand up, I would sometimes grunt in pain. The grunting became such a habit that my son would mimic me and grunt when he got up off of the floor. Going to their soccer practices was tough because I would dread how far I'd have to walk to get to the field. I loved to run and go to the gym.
After experiencing symptoms for four years and seeing a rheumatologist for three, I was finally diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. With the support and guidance of my rheumatologist, I now have my psoriatic arthritis under control and it's a wonderful relief to not feel excruciating pain.
I started going to the gym again. I can play with my kids, and enjoy their sporting events. Psoriatic arthritis can be one of your biggest enemies, but I've learned to keep fighting hard to win the battle!
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