Day One of Psoriatic Arthritis Self-Experiments

Today is the first day of my new life situation.

I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and was perscribed a drug called Methotrexate, which I am supposed to take for the rest of my life. It’s a chemotherapy drug with horrible side effects, including some that scared me away:

The one that worries me the most is “chemo brain”: memory loss, brain fog, impaired learning ability.

I’m going to try some alternative approaches while I think about what to do. I will use this site to blog about what is happening and to track statistics.

Sorry in advance for any typos. I also have chronic hand injuries which require a special keyboard that doesn’t have as much accuracy as a normal keyboard.

I’m trying to think of what variables to track:

  • pain — severity and location
  • sleep
  • food and fasting
  • mood
  • skin condition
  • low-soap, no-poo experiments
  • stress
  • computer usage

I’m on day one of a three-day fast, which I will explain in a future post. In the meantime, here is some related reading:

It’s late now, but I’ll explain more as I have time to write.

(This post was written on 5-27, edited, and then published on 6-3.)

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