Does anyone know why they got this illness,does it run in families?is it caused by life style? Stress?it’s a question most days I ask myself,does anyone think they know why they started with this illness.I know it’s here and I’m adapting to it now a lot better than I have been.lts been such a life changing thing to happen and I can’t help wondering why me.

Hi miss s I have had Psa since being little the rheumy told me that it is most likely hereditary but no one else I. My family has if . I have a sister and a brother and 3 half sisters and a half brother and they are all okay and so are mg mum and dad. I think one of my great grandmothers had some form of arthiritis so maybe I got if from her. I think everyone on this site has thought why me at some point this is a normal feeling and yes i agree it is life changing and takes a bit of getting used to. Keep your chin up x

Hey :slight_smile: my rheumy told me it was hereditary as well. But he said that they now feel that only about 3% of people with psoriasis develop PsA , though they used to think it was higher. I’m sure people have differing opinions on that number. I only had psoriasis one time and I only recently remembered it. It was about 3 years ago in the palm of my left hand. My brother has it on his hands and my daughter has what I think may be psoriasis periodically. She is 21 and he is 43. He says he hurts all over but hasn’t been to see a rheumatologist. It has completely changed my life too. I used to say it’s not fair. Now I have moved past that. I mean how much fun can I have sitting around saying it isn’t fair. I am really lucky to have a super supportive family. That helps. I have said so many times that a support group would help me get through this… Someone to talk to that understood what I was going through. That was when I went looking for something online and found these guys. It helps a lot. A good cry helps too when you need one… Or throw something lol. It helps me. Just don’t hurt yourself!!

In some cases it is hereditary and often when it is in a family it might skip a generation so you may not be aware that it is in your family. There is a one in four chance of getting a hereditary disease usually Psoriasis and then another 1 in 4 chance of getting PSA.

Then there is the theory that we are predisposed to getting P or PsA but it take a triggers to set it off. It is not known what they are, but stress is the one thing that doctors seem to agree on. This then causes a gene to mutate and the result is P and PsA. I do believe there could be many other triggers but there is not enough research to discover what they are.

They have at lease identified this gene which does mean there is a chance for a cure.

I am in the category of hereditary as my father had it. Interesting fact is he was an identical twin and his twin brother did not get this and yet they have the same dna. I can't figure that one out.

I don't have the HLA 28 gene which is another gene and is used as the indicator for ankylosing spondilitis related to PSA. I don't have that gene and yet I think I have this problem. On further research I discovered that 80% of the population have this gene so I don't know why the Rhuem's use this as an indicator.

What I do know with me is that my body is sensitive (not allergic) to any products that have preservatives or ingredients in them that are derived from petroleum based products. You won't believe how many there are, in our foods and cosmetics. They have now discovered that Parabens used in cosmetics as a preservative have been found in breast tissue of cancer patients. They are yet to admit that the connection conclusive yet. The average women who uses cosmetics and skin creams puts on 500 chemicals on their bodies every day.

I now eat foods that are as close to their natural state as I can and I prepare just about all my food myself so I know what I am putting into my body. If I am out socialising, I try and choose carefully and eat foods that I can still identify what they are.

I got my psoriasis from my father, and PsA along with it. Why I got PsA and my Dad didn't is a mystery, but better me than him!

My family has no history of PsA, but does have a history of autoimmune disorders. My mom has Type 1 diabetes. Personally, I feel bad for my kids. With my family history, and that of my husband, who has psoriasis, there is a higher risk factor for them.

My son has an auto immune disease coeliac,I never knew why he had did until now I’m poorly I’m thinking its my fault he’s got it.lts come from me.Although when I say that I know I’ve not chosen that for him and love him dearly but it’s probably come from me.l don’t know anyone else in my family with auto immune diseases though I just wondered why mine started at 37 years old?.Will probably never know.l went through the menopause at 34 years old.

Miss S. I am 36 yrs. old, 37 in September. I was just diagnosed in October 2012. I too have had all the thoughts you are having and believe me, I was full of self pity. Wanting to give up so many times, thinking I couldn't get past this. I was at the point where I was ready to just do it but I looked at my kids and thought to myself, "NO ONE will love them like I do." That is what keeps me going every single day. I am a single mom of 3. My oldest is 20, does not live with me. My others are 13 and 14, they depend on me for just about everything. They help me when I need them to, with resistance of course but they do it. When they give me a problem about doing things I can't do, I just leave it go until I can or they do it.

I've learned from this disorder that you really have to pick and choose your battles. The more stressed I am, the worse I feel. I do feel that this support group has help me tremendously, not only because people are there for you but the reality is there are people worse off. I can get out of bed everyday, without assistance and I work full time. When I was first diagnosed, I was bed ridden unable to move. Today, I can work 8 hours, I can't say without pain but I can bear it. Sometimes I have taken that for granted, NOT again. You have to pick your poison with this disorder.

Hang in there.

My psoriasis started after a strep throat and allergic reaction to the antibioltic i was on. The dermatologist I saw said it was common for it to crop up after an insult to the skin- in this case, the allergic rash. I have since read that strep itself seems to have a role in triggering psoriasis. When and how it decides to jump from skin to joints, who knows?

All my relatives on my mother's side have thyroid problems, but I'm the only one who has really branched out into other autoimmune diseases. As others have said, there seems to be a genetic propensity towards autoimmune diseases, but the question of what triggers them is open. Saw something recently about evidence of RA in an ancient mummy, so they're certainly nothing new.

I developed scalp psoriasis in nursing school (age 27). I fell 2 yrs. ago (age 52) and all of the symptoms appeared. My mom's side of the family has autoimmune diseases (PsA, P, RA, Vitiligo). Certainly, I believe it is hereditary. My aunt fell and developed RA. Actually, I think RA was dorment in her body, however, she took such great care of herself she never had symptoms until she fell.

Hi :)

Since I have psoriasis (since I was 4 years old) I knew it was hereditary. My grand parents, my mother...however it seems that PsA skips generation. My grand father had it, my mother did not, and now my sister and I have it. In my case I thought that my psoriasis was cured :):):) I lived in Puerto Rico for almost 9 years and I did not have not even one scale. Then I moved to continental USA and I got sick with Erysipelas. This is bacterial infection that kept me in bed for 6 months. After that my psoriasis went crazy, I had it everywhere, all over my body. After some time the psoriasis started to slow down, and the only remaining are on my legs (I am refusing to fee bad about it, I still wear knee long dresses). And after that I started feeling pain here and there and stiffness and fatigue and rest is history...I just new what I had, but when my doctor confirmed the diagnosis I got so depressed I did not want to live anymore :) Anyway I am still here and my condition is not going to dictate how I live.

My Grandmother had really bad psoriasis on her legs, and I remember her having a hard time with balance and pain doing simple things. so that is where I think I got it, no one else on either side has anything like it or psoriasis for that matter. Once you learn to adapt your routine to fit your new lifestyle things will get easier. but there is no set formula you have to do what works for you. Also getting on the right meds helps too. Don't give up! you can still do most things just in a different way, or with a little help from a family member or friend.