Prevalence is hard to pin down for these three autoimmune diseases, but using data from the National Psoriasis Foundation and the National Arthritis Foundation, I found these rates:
- 1.3 million Americans have Rheumatoid Arthritis
- 7.5 million Americans have Psoriasis
- up to 30% of those 7.5 million have Psoriatic Arthritis. To be safe I am estimating 20%, which is roughly 1.5 million Americans with Psoriatic Arthritis.
Now to PubMed, where research articles are made available to the public through the National Institutes of Health. There are:
- 97,163 articles on Rheumatoid Arthritis
- 27,203 articles on Psoriasis
- 3,876 articles on Psoriatic Arthritis
And, of course, to the mothership: Google. As of today, March 23rd, there are:
- 7,350,000 links for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- 21,700,000 links for Psoriasis
- 716,000 for Psoriatic Arthritis
Granted, RA is no princess - it tends to be harder to live with than PsA. But is it 10 times harder? 25 times harder?
More tomorrow - especially on what we PsA patients can do about this. For now, I'm going to buy myself a new ballgown & try to get someone to notice me.