My name is Shirley Darlene Shanks. It was summer of 2010, I was 29 years old when I received my diagnoses.After years of back pain,that then went to neck,and body pain. I can remember my back hurting even at age 13. I have been to several Doctors,Chiropractors,ER Rooms crying for help with my pain.I have had tons of ex rays 2 MRIs all that apparently showed I was healthy. I finally insisted on seeing a specialist,My family doc referred me to a bone specialist who did blood work ,better x rays and in my second visit my AS diagnosis. I cried when the bone specialist gave me my diagnoses,mainly because every other doc I had seen treated me like a healthy young person that isn’t suppose to hurt.I’m still hurting,but I’m doing better because i have more knowledge of whats going on with my body.
Greenfield, Ohio U.S.A.