A.S. Face 0562: Tracie Hanson
Hello! My name is Tracie Hanson. I am 37 years old and was diagnosed with AS in 2008. I have suffered from chronic pain in my upper back and neck since I was 13 years old. I went to physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, acupuncturists and neurologists trying to find something other than pain killers. A rheumatologist finally diagnosed me. I have severe pain in my neck, back, shoulders and hips. My upper back is partly fused. After a long struggle of worrying about its risks, I started Enbrel two weeks ago. So far I haven’t felt any benefit, but am hopeful it will help more than it hurts. I have a 5 year old little boy who helps keep me young and gives me the motivation to keep on keepin on through the pain.
I too have been told I am “just getting old”, “lazy”, “out of shape”, or a “hypochondriac”. I pray that we are able to raise awareness for this painful disease so that people better understand our struggle and we get the needed research funding we deserve.
I am thankfull for the Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis, it feels better knowing others understand.
Virginia United States of America