Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a painful and debilitating chronic condition that affects more than 1 million Americans. The prevalence is more than the number of people living with other serious conditions, such as, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lyme disease, and multiple sclerosis combined! However, the number of people living with PsA may be even higher given the disease is often misdiagnosed and underreported.
PsA is a chronic inflammatory condition, which is characterized by swelling, pain, and tenderness of the joints and affects people’s ability to walk or even climb stairs easily. Unfortunately, there is no definitive test for PsA, and diagnosis is sometime complicated by the fact that some of the symptoms of PsA are similar to rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and reactive arthritis.
To help support the PsA community, Celgene has launched Be Counted!, an educational initiative to raise awareness of this chronic condition. Be Counted! brings together advocates, patients, and experts to help rally support, share their perspectives, and educate the public on the disease and need for awareness.
At the website, PsACounts.com, you can watch videos featuring those living with PsA, advocates, and a rheumatologist to get an inside glimpse into their personal experiences with PsA, and find facts and resources about the condition. You can also encourage others to show their support by viewing the videos on the website, and sharing them on your social channels. As more people watch the videos, a live heat map will populate directly on the site to show how awareness is growing and spreading throughout the US.
Visit PsACounts.com to learn more, show your support, and help make PsA Count!