I am fairly new to this group, living with PsA for 12 loooong years.
I have been reticent about posting on the boards here, mostly because I have never really been a part of an online community (I'm not even on Facebook if you can imagine that) and even though I think of a lot of things to say, they never seem right when spelled out.
Anyway, I always appreciate the posts I see, and the amount of love and support that is here... it's really overwhelming.
So, with that in mind I am getting over my fears to chime in and let you all know that I am a licensed acupuncturist, and Board certified herbalist. I am not in any way interested in advertising my service or practice, but I am interested in offering myself as a resource for all of you if you ever have questions about that as a possible therapy for PsA.
For full disclosure, I managed my symptoms exclusively with acupuncture, herbs, diet and exercise for ten years. My skin never really cleared up, but it made a major impact on my joints and I can very enthusiastically support these options as an adjunct or complement to whatever other treatment approach you are currently pursuing.
In the past 3 years (ever since my oldest son was born, natch) I just haven't been able to maintain the health regiment hat has kept me going all this time, and my symptoms got a LOT worse. I started Humira in desperation about 2 months ago. (It's actually a horror story, but I'll save that for another post... Now that I have gotten over my fears of posting, the flood gates are open!!)
The point I am making is that I am in no way "anti" pharmaceuticals (in fact, my father is an MD and my mom's a nurse, so there you go), and I honestly believe that an integrative approach is probably best for everyone. I regularly work with MDs of all kinds, and have great relationships with them.
OK, so I guess that's it - if anyone wants to know more about acupuncture, herbs, exercise or diet feel free to ask. I can't pretend to be a master of anything, but I have seen thousands (not exaggerating) of patients over the last 6 years, so I have learned a lot about the way the body works.
See you all on the boards, and I apologize in advance for the amount of parentheses I've used!