A.S. Face 0373: Renee Schmitt
I knew something was not right since I was in high school. But I just dismissed it since it wasnt that bad. Eventually, my neck, shoulders, headaches and then my back started being bothersome. I received some prescription pain meds and only helped temporarily. All those years I just dealt with new symptoms and stronger pains. Noone could figure it out. My primary doctor finally diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia (after I told her abt it). Nothing was helping. I even went to PT and they said it was all in my head. Finally took it upon myself to find a Rheumatologist. I even had a breast reduction hoping it would help and it didnt.She tried everything until she finally decided to check on the HLA–B27 and also did another MRI with contrast. Sure enough I was diagnosed in 2010. After all these years, I finally know what is the problem. Now I am on Humira and MTX and only feel slight improvement. Since I had gastric bypass in 2001, I am very limited to the kind of medications I can take and what my stomach can tolerate. She wants to refer me to a specialty hospital to get a second opinion like she gave up on me. My little boy and my husband didnt give up on me why would she? She is the specialist. And I sit here wondering am I going to have to start over or this is a sign of just accepting the pain. Only time will tell.
California United States of America