There’s an old joke about a guy going to his doctor to complain about pain in one of his arms. He demonstrates his doctor’s problem by lifting his arm above his head and twisting it a certain way. He says, “Doc, it hurts when I do this.” The man’s doctor looks at his patient and tells him, “Then stop doing that.”
It seems pretty obvious, right?
Well, maybe not. When I was laid off from my job as an electronics technician this past September, it changed my life in many ways. Not all the changes were negative. Some were quite positive. One of these positive changes was that psoriasis I’ve had on my hands for years is now almost completely gone. My right hand is completely psoriasis free. My left hand currently only has one tiny spot of psoriasis that I can manage completely by putting a piece of cloth athletic tape on it.
It’s become clear that working every day with my hands contributed greatly to my problems with psoriasis. Working with my hands didn’t cause my psoriasis. That’s not the way it works. Psoriasis is caused by my autoimmune system causing new skin cells to grow where they are not needed. In my case, it’s the palms of my hands and my fingers.
Why then didn’t any of the doctors I’ve seen for my psoriasis ever tell me to find a job that didn’t require me to work with my hands? Seriously, why?
Instead of telling me that working with my hands was possibly exacerbating my condition, they prescribed a plethora of expensive, toxic drugs, some capable of causing nasty side-effects. Some of the documented possible side-effects were even life-threatening. One of these drugs affected my autoimmune system in such a way that it landed me in the emergency room with pneumonia.
What was even worse is that most of these drugs did nothing for my psoriasis. None of them worked long term.
My hands feel great right now. They don’t hurt. I have full movement. There are no infected fissures or cracks on my hands. My life is good. Too bad none of the doctors that treated me for my psoriasis can take any credit for my psoriasis going into remission. In retrospect, they only wasted my time and money.
I’m now left with feeling as though every doctor I’ve seen in the past six or seven years is an incompetent quack. That’s how long I was suffering from psoriasis. Not one of these doctors ever told me that working with my hands made my psoriasis worse. I even asked if I should find a different line of work, something that doesn’t require me to work with my hands. I was always told that psoriasis was an autoimmune system disease and wasn’t caused by anything I was doing.
It will be a long time before I ever trust a doctor again.
I wrote this nearly two years ago, and I’ve since changed my mind about all doctors. Not all doctors are incompetent jackwagons. I’m now lucky to have a great doctor, by far the best I’ve ever had. If you live in the Hagerstown area and need a doctor that doesn’t suck, send me an email, and give you their info.