Meg Maley isn’t one to let an opportunity slip by or negativity dim her joy. If you have any doubt about her optimism, just check the tattoo on her foot: “Always Yes.” That attitude – and maybe her infectious smile – landed her a spot on the CBS reality TV show Big Brother in 2015, which changed the course of her life.
But despite her buoyant outlook, “Always Yes” isn’t always easy. Meg, 29, has psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which causes persistent joint pain, bouts of fatigue and vision problems that make it impossible to drive some days.
“It’s hard for people to understand, because normally I’m very outgoing, and I have a big personality and I like to be really active,” she says. Continue reading Reality TV Let Meg Maley Open Up About Living With Psoriatic Arthritis
Keep up-to-date on the latest psoriatic arthritis (PsA) research with our brief research summaries.
Nail Changes May Indicate Psoriatic Arthritis
Certain nail features can help doctors distinguish between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and possibly lead to earlier or improved treatment for PsA, a new study suggests. In the analysis of 1,092 patients with either PsA or psoriasis only, researchers found that nail changes were more common among those with PsA than psoriasis only. Transverse (side-to-side) grooves, splinter hemorrhages (small broken blood vessels under the nails) and onycholysis (separation of the nail from the nail bed) were associated with arthritis. Transverse grooves were significantly associated with arthritis in the joint closest to the nail and enthesitis, inflammation where the tendons and ligaments insert into the bone.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, November 2017
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