My name is Tiffany Morrison, and I was finally diagnosed with AS about 3 years ago, though I have suffered from chronic pain since I was in my early 20s. (I am 35 now)
I seem to have some sort of crazy autoimmune thing going on. In my early 20s, I found that I had nearly unbearable migraines, and in my mid-20s I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis. After seven surgeries to remove the endometrial build up, and having one ovary removed, I was ready to have a hysterectomy. It was during the course of my seventh surgery that my OB/GYN discovered I was pregnant. I had my son, and while pregnancy is generally considered to be the definitive cure, in my case, my endometriosis did not go away. Two years after the birth of my son, I had a full hysterectomy. While I know that my endometriosis was very real thanks to the photos taken during my surgery, now that I have been correctly diagnosed with AS, I have to wonder if some of the severe pain that I had (still have) was not referred pain from my SI joints. I try not to dwell on what may have been, and instead am just very thankful that I have my son.
I have also been diagnosed with RA and fibromyalgia, as well as generalize seizure disorder (which did not have an onset until I was nearly 30) and there are days when even the simplest of tasks feels like a monumental challenge. I am, however, ready to reclaim my life, and am taking steps to get as healthy as possible. I know that being overweight only adds to the strain on my poor joints, and I am preparing for a sleeve gasterectomy next week. Losing weight will help me both physically and mentally. I also have a great relationship with my rheumatologist, and really feel as if she listens to my concerns and sees me as an individual, not just another way to make money.
I love the ASAP support page. Knowing that there are other people out there going through what I do is such a great help! Thanks for everything you do!!
Chesapeake Virgina United States of America
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