A.S. Face 0192: Eileen Rothmann

I have AS – symptoms started in my early teens with painful knees, a few years later my shoulders and hips also started to hurt. In my early 20s the back pain started. No doctor could tell me what was wrong and I started to believe people who told me I was a hypochondriac.
When I was 31 a physiotherapist referred me to a rheumy and I was finally diagnosed.
I am on Salazopyrin and my AS seems to be under control. I try not to let it interfere with my life.

Regards, Eileen Rothmann

Pretoria, South Africa

9 Responses to “A.S. Face 0192: Eileen Rothmann”

  1. A very inspiring photo. Thank you for sharing Eileen.

  2. Dear Eileen,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I love the photo!
    Sincerely Cookie

  3. Thanks for sharing, you will be shocked at home much all of us AS patients have in common. Welcome:)

    Shirley shanks said this on January 25, 2012 at 4:48 am

  4. Hi Eileen,

    Thanks for sharing your story.


    Ravi (India)

  5. Hi Eileen
    And i felt all alone in Pretoria! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Hi Samantha,

      I have also felt quite alone here!

      Who is your Dr and when were you diagnosed?


  6. Good Job,
    Thank you

  7. Good for you. I take Tae Kwon Do (with some modifications) and will soon test for black belt at age 50. I think the movement/stretching for me helps me to keep from fusing more.

  8. Thank you for all the kind comments 🙂

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