A Lab Rats Story Part I: An Introduction - Warning extremely controversial

I have decided the best way of trying to convey my experience in with an unorthodox and unconventional alternative is to do so over a series of posts, beginning with a brief personal introduction prior to the Theories, Reasoning, and Results. However, prior to do so I want to make it absolutely clear that the two drugs that I will be discussing in my next post are:

1) Extremely potent, and are capable of causing serious long term harm; and

2) Have extremely complex Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics; and

3) One of them is a Schedule I drug and the other while not controlled under the CSA at the Federal Level has an uncertain legal status under most State Law; and

4) I have done what I have, only after consulting with my Rheumatologist.

5) In other words the compounds I will be discussing are not dietary or herbal supplements, including marijuana.

Now, that I got that out of the way, let me begin.

I am 39 years old, I have had Psoriasis since I was two months of age. Around 3 years ago, I developed Plantar Psoriasis, nail changes, and the first symptoms of PSA. The PSA symptoms have rapidly worsened over the past 8 months, and now affect every major joint including the spine and Temporomandibular (jaw), along with all the other fun stuff you all are so familiar with such as extreme fatigue, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

As members of the living with psoriatic arthritis community, we have all personally experienced the \pain, frustration, and anxiety as I, so I think a simple “PSA really, really sucks” suffices to convey the degree to which PSA has affected my life over the past few years.

I also know many of you also share my experience of either not responding to the various regimes of NSAID, Corticosteroid, DMARD, or Biologic Anti-Tnf-ὰ blockage therapies, or having to discontinue or suspend them due to adverse events.

There are no “safe” treatments for PSA, especially when they are used in conjunction with each other; however the risks associated are more than justified if a significant improvement in disease state is realized.

Well, folks that’s my introduction.

I will post Lab Rat #2 in a few days.