A.S. Face 0262: Martin Caunce
Hi everyone,this is my contribution to The Face of A.S.,or maybe I should have said Back of A.S.
.My condition is quite progressed and most of my affected joints are fused.I had a motorcycle accident in 1989 and the doctors think this caused the onset of A.S..I attended various Fracture Clinics,was seen by many Consultants,both N.H.S. and Private,only to be told that “I had a bad back”,well I could have told them that.It wasn’t until late 2002,that I was diagnosed with A.S.,by this time it was too far gone to have any treatment to try to slow the disease.I am now on Anti T.N.F. Therapy,mainly for the inflammation of the joints and take high doses of Codeine Phosphate for the constant pain.One blessing is that I am still here to write this,which I am thankful for.The main 2 things that get me down are the chronic fatigue and not being able to play with my kids the way other fitter more able dads do.It’s a cruel disease,but we do seem to be turning the corner by the Medical profession understanding A.S. a little more,I just think they need to work more on the Psychological effects on the patients
.Keep well everyone.
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