A patient of mine with psoriatic arthritis was in the clinic this week for a followup evaluation. 6 months ago he was having so much daily constant pain that he could barely function and certainly could not exercise. He came to clinic 6 months ago with his wife, and they both looked concerned regarding his condition. His wife appeared tearful and obviously under stress.
Fast forward to this week, after being on treatment for his psoriatic arthritis for the last several months. His pain level is minimal, he was able to go hiking and camping recently without any difficulty. He came to his appointment without his wife, and mentioned that he “forgot what it felt like to not have pain constantly.” Such a simple yet powerful statement of how his life had changed. That sort of profound goal is what we should aim for with all of our patients.