A.S. Face 0191: Tia


My name is Tia.
I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondyltis in 2000 when I was 40 years old. I have had lower back & bilateral hip pain for many years though…probably since I was in my early 20’s. Trying to function & working is a challenge, especially during a flare-up…when the pain in my joints is exacerbated. There is no rhyme or reason to when this disease flares up but when it does, a flare for me can last a few days or a few weeks or a few months, the worst thing is the fatigue. I’ve tried many medications, pills & injections, to control the pain and inflammation. Nothing seems to help for long and there is no cure that I know of. At the time of this writing, I’m feeling fairly well taking only two Aleve, two 5 mg. Valium twice a day with Norco and Prednizone as needed. This disease has the capability of robbing one of a normal life. I don’t have a very severe degree of it but during flares it has screwed up my work and social life on too many occasions. I think that’s the part that frustrates me the most, not that I have pain but that I give into the pain and let it stop my living.
Life does go on though. Thank God for all the good things on which to focus.
Take care & count your blessings!

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0191: Tia”

  1. Love your attitude Tia… Keep up with your aleve and listen to the Drs. I hope you continue to have this great attitude, it really makes living with AS sooooooooooooooooo much easier!

  2. Dear Tia,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It is hard when the pain becomes so intense that we give in it. One of the things that has helped me the most is.. Forgiving myself for being human, I have learned to do the best that I can and that is enough.

    Sincerely Cookie

    June 21, 2012 I am still trying to reach you to send you The Faces of AS Band

  3. Thanks for sharing your story, Tia!

  4. I understand. Try not to be to hard on yourself, it is easy to get frustrated. I noticed your smile, thank you for sharing your words and smile.


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