The PRP timeline varies from sequential to haphazard. For some PRP patients the inflammation spreads like a wildfire. Others watch a slow, methodical movement from “hither to yon” where neither hither nor yon is predictable.
Here are some of the symptoms fellow PRP patients and their caregivers have reported.
✽ The skin on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet may or may not become red, thick and cracked and may bleed.
✽ The scaly patches that often engulf the entire body may or may not include clear areas (islands of sparing).
✽ While all areas of the body are at risk, ears/hearing, eyes/vision, feet/mobility, hands/dexterity may become critical issues in any treatment.
✽ While the physical discomforts of pain and itching are ever-present at times, we find ways to suppress them, if only temporarily.
✽ Toenails and fingernails may thicken, disappear or remain unchanged.
✽ The scalp may or may not be a cause of distress.
✽ Hair loss, thermoregulation, sensitivity to sunlight, joint pain, the inability to sweat, fatigue and a loss of energy and weight gain/loss may be issues to challenge body, mind and spirit — or not.
The effect of all these symptoms can be depression. If the depression is debilitating, seek the help of a healthcare professional.