A.S. Face 0209: Shelly Fortier

Just about one year ago everything went totally out of hand. Ended up in urgent care thinking that I had a bad cold. Well after 3 hours and many blood tests, monitoring, and being away from my strong family I was finally told that I had Vertigo. That lead to MRI’s of the brain (they were afraid I had fluid building in the cerebelum) . Then came the on slot of antibiotics, x rays poking and prodding, you all know the drill. Finally one antibiotic caused my tendons to flare, now we have started the Rhumey visits more x rays, blood work, drugs…. really started feeling like I was going insane! It all had to be in my head. One more physical exam from rhuemy showed that my lower lumbar did not move. (Haven’t been able to touch my toes in years! Never thought anything about it.) One more  blood test – checking for a gene- guess what I do not carry the gene!!!!!! So more poking and prodding she finally handed me a pamphlet on spinal arthritis. Had me read through it and take more x rays a week later she gave me the diagnosis. You have Ankylosing Spondylitis and secondary Fibro Myalgia. It has now been 8 months and I have learned to live with it.

No more fighting my body, mentally it has become easier. Thank you for your courage to put faces to this disease. Shelly Fortier

Mother of 3

Wife of 12 years

Oceanside California United States of America

9 Responses to “A.S. Face 0209: Shelly Fortier”

  1. Dear Shelly,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Hi Shelly! I live in Carlsbad! I have AS too!

  3. Nice picture of all of you– you look like you are taking care of yourself. Stay strong!

    Melissa, mother of 2

  4. Hi Shelly 🙂 Thanks for sharing. (hug)

  5. This very stong lady is my daughter and I am very very proud of her and her husband and family… Love U mom

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