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and Female Hormones
have noticed right before my period my psoriasis gets worse.
My lesions become redder and I know I’ll be getting my period in
a few days. Do you think
hormones have any involvement in psoriasis?
I’ve had psoriasis since I was 22 and I’m now 48.
I have tried light treatments that work temporarily; and I tried
Dovonex. I also tried
Soriatane and it made me lose my hair in clumps, so I stopped.
What do you think about Enbrel?
just want to be normal! I have
spent my whole life hiding this condition and I have accepted it, but a
part of me would like it to just go away.
I hear stories about women hitting menopause and getting clear.
What do you know about this phenomenon?
Response: I hope, JNE, that
other female FlakeHQers will respond to your inquiries, because I don’t
have much knowledge to draw on. Perhaps
a few words about what we can’t
disregard as possibilities….
don’t think we could disregard hormones
as a trigger for flaking. One
thing we know about the disease is lesions form for mysterious reasons and
lots of different factors appear to apply.
Stress, toxins like smoke and alcohol, allergies, normal aging,
diet and, yes, hormonal changes have all been suspected of triggering
P. And our suspicions work
both ways. Some of us can
count on flaking under certain circumstances and count on clearing under
others. Many women report
clearing when they get pregnant, for example.
While this is far from universal, the fact that it happens as much
as it does suggests that for some there is a correlation between the
body’s changes during pregnancy and their “no-flakes” state.
(To be fair, I should also point out that P gets worse for many
other women during pregnancy. How
can we draw any conclusions in this case?
Well, we can’t draw conclusions for any specific individual
unless they’ve been pregnant two or more times and experienced the same
changes in their P. Then we
could say this woman will probably improve if/when she gets
pregnant again. See Interested
In Pregnancy and P Connection.)
is also considered by some to be a P trigger.
Search on “menopause” from the home page at FlakeHQ and
checkout the posts on both sides of this argument.
your derm thinks you are a likely candidate for Enbrel, and you can afford
it, I think you should give it a try.
I tell almost everybody who asks to try it.
For some of us the experience has been frustrating, but there are
far too many people obtaining fantastic results for the disappointments to
inhibit more attempts. Look
through the messages at PsorChat
to read about others’ experiences on this biologic.
You have been flaking for 26 years, JNE.
If you’re bulking at the notion of trying something that’s
working for so many other people, think about how much you’d like to
live the next 26 years less troubled by our disease.
Good luck and let us know how you are progressing. –Ed