A.S. Face 0238: Wayne


hi I was finally diagnosed in 2005 aged 31 after years of suffering.ive had back pain on and off since i was a kid but doctors always said it was”growing pains”.around 2000-01 it started to get worse and more often and was told by numerous doctors to just take painkillers,after finally getting x-rays done they still couldn’t see what the problem was so i lost faith in doctors so stopped going to see them.i then started trying different things such as seeing a chiropractor and chinese medicine which only offered short-term relief,meanwhile my symptoms were getting worse.the pain was unbearable,i couldn’t sleep at night and end up crying in frustration.in 2005 i moved to glasgow with my mother to be near my sister who had just adopted a little girl named emma,and they combined in nagging me to go to see a doctor and get something done about my condition.the help i received from my gp and specialist doctor has been excellent,they diagnosed me gave medication and physiotherapy and i finally had a name for my condition,which was a big relief.last year i joined facebook and joined this support group and found out i was not alone in dealing with the ups and downs of this frustrating affliction.
Glasgow Scotland

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 0238: Wayne”

  1. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Thanks Wayne,

    I think a common theme that emerges from these stories is “get that diagnosis as early as possible!!” Pains that do not go away in a reasonable time “are not normal.” A pulled muscle or strain in “normal” people heals in a month- not a year. I remember the first time I went to physical therapy for my “back problems.” I was still there a few months later , and you could sense the PT thinking “this doesn’t seem to get better-why are you till here.” My experience is once a “body part” flares from AS, it’s never the same. It may “go down” but it’s going to be a source of aggravation for ever. If I was diagnosed early, after the first flare up, and put on a “medicine” right away, I wonder if many subsequent pains could have been avoided?

  3. Dear Wayne,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Congratulations on the new little one in your family! Now this may be one of the rare occassions you are thankful for nagging women! Stay Strong!
    Sincerely Cookie

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