A.S. Face 0348: CJ Swartz-Hay

hi im 40 yrs old.my nero dr did blood test and confirmed im positive for a s but wants further testing from a rheumatologist .go july 24th.. will receive more info..this is all so new to me.never heard of this.currently not on meds.waiting.i constinatly hurt i know that and the fatigue is driving me crazy..sad to go to so many doctors and learn this from one dr you wouldn’t think

Ohio United States of America


3 Responses to “A.S. Face 0348: CJ Swartz-Hay”

  1. You’ve come to the right place CJ. I was forty 12 years ago when I got diagnosed. I remember when I first “googled” Ankylosing spondylitis-that was my OMG moment. You’re probably experiencing fear-but remember-our worst fears never come to pass. Fear is a waste of time. Your spine isn’t going to fuse. You won’t go blind from Iritis. Your Rhuemy will choose from a “myriad” of drugs to treat you. It may take time to find the right one-and beware of side effects (don’t fear them), but they will work.

    You will probably have to accept you’ll never be perfect again-but if you KEEP read this blog, you can soon accept that there is life after diagnosis. You let the doctors take care of you physically-you let us take care of your fears. You’re among friends now.

  2. Dear CJ,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!
    Sincerely Cookie

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