Former NSYNC band member Lance Bass has opened up about his battles with psoriatic arthritis and his plans to spread awareness of the condition.
The boy band singer was originally diagnosed with the condition five years ago – categorized as inflammatory arthritis that often causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling – but he initially brushed the pain away, attributing it to being a dancer.
“It definitely started in my shoulders and then my knees,” Bass explained People. “And again, for me it was such a sign of dancer pain, so I just figured it was completely normal and completely ignored the sign.”
He added that while he noticed patches of psoriasis on his scalp as he struggled with joint pain, he “just thought it was because of the dancing.”
Now the musician has teamed up with biotech company Amgen in a new campaign to share his experiences and shed light on psoriatic arthritis for those who may not know.
According to the website, “it affects up to 1 million Americans and generally occurs between the ages of 30 and 50.”
Using a choreographed “fun and educational dance,” a rendition of “head, shoulders, knees and toes,” Bass said, “We wanted to make it very easy for the people out there. Children and adults alike can enjoy this dance.”
He added, “It’s a dance where you recognize the signs and conditions by your nails, your knees, your hips and your head and we just want to make sure people do a double take.”
Though it was years before Bass finally received a diagnosis, he said he’s grateful, especially now that he’s a father.
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“I’m glad I got that under control before the kids came, so I can actually hold them without being in such excruciating pain.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/nsync-lance-bass-diagnosis-psoriatic-arthritis-b2078088.html Lance Bass: Former NSYNC Member Opens Up About Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis