A.S. Face 0356: Greg Corkron

My name is Greg Corkron and this is a picture of me and my family. I wanted to share this picture with all of you, because they are the reason , the ONLY reason AS has not beat me. I was injured while lifting weights in the Navy in 2001. They diagnosed me with a low back sprain, but I actually had 2 ruptured discs that still aren’t repaired. I went through 30 doctors over 3 years of active duty. I was released in 2003, without a formal diagnosis. They discharged me for the convenience of the government, and my career was over. I went to work in the civilian sector doing construction. I know it wasn’t the best idea with a bad back, but it paid better than fast food, and I had 2 children to feed at the time. In 2010 I was to the point that I had fallen multiple times because my hips and knees were giving out. I lived in Illinois at the time, and our winters got pretty harsh! I finally got a new doctor at the VA who would listen! From 2003 – 2010 the dr would not listen to my symptoms, told me that it was all in my head, and that my hips only hurt because I was faking a limp.    I finally got the state veterans affairs board to get me a new doctor.
Jan. 2011 I met the new doctor, described all the symptoms, and within 15 minutes, she was ordering x-rays, and blood work to confirm her suspicions of A.S. She also sent me to physical therapy ( the therapist looked at my xrays and said flat-out his services would hurt me more than help me). I saw a rheumatologist for the first time in Feb.2011. She was amazing, and started me on methotrexate and folic acid right away.
My wife and I decided we wanted to move to a warmer climate because I was having so many problems with the cold. We moved to Georgia in June 2011. Once here, I was transferred to a rheumatologist and let him know the MTX was doing NOTHING for me, he switched me to Enbrel, Prednisone, and Morphine. The combination worked for about 3 weeks, then nothing! I was switched to Humira in January 2012, and that has done NOTHING! Actually, I ended up in the E.R. this past sunday due to the pain. The Humira is not working, and  I go later this month to see the rheumy, and we are going to start remicade infusions.  That will be a blast!
Georgia United States of America

6 Responses to “A.S. Face 0356: Greg Corkron”

  1. Hang in there Greg. It may take a few different medicines but they’ll find one that will work. Keep the faith. Great picture. You have a beautiful family. I did the remicade infusions for quite awhile with success. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.
    (face 199)

  2. I’m with Marti Greg-hang in there. Sometimes it takes time for the meds to work. They’ll find the right “cocktail”. Just as side effects are different for all of us, so are results. Have patience.

  3. My fingers are crossed, I am hopeful.

  4. Thank you everyone for the kind words. I saw my Rheumy yesterday. He upped my prednisone, we start infusions as soon as they are ready to start in the lab, going back on folic acid and methotrexate. I know its going to be an uphill battle, but I live by the motto: Losing is NOT an OPTION!

  5. Dear Greg,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I am so sorry you had to go through so much to get your diagnosis. I hope the remicade gives you as much relief as it has given me.
    Sincerely Cookie

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