A.S. Face 0388: Karen Davenport

Hi, my name is Karen Davenport.

I was diagnosed as undifferientiated spondylitis 2 years ago, with diagnoses of Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Someday I’ll be a full fledged Aser.  I have always been very athletic, won many sports associated awards including Most Athletic Female of my high school.  In the last 5 years I started getting pain in my knees, feet and hips after joining a boot camp where i lost 13 pounds.  I went to my doctor who sent me to a rheumy.  The rheumy gave me something for the pain and did xrays of my knees.  He also gave me mobic for my swollen hands.  Most of my pain was in my knees and hands for a while.  Suddenly I started having alot of pain in my feet, then my back and neck.  Finally after having injections in my neck and back, I saw a podiatrist and did a nerve conduction test.   I saw the 3rd rheumy who gave me the diagnosis.  I started remicade in mid 2010 in search of some quality of life.  This disease is very demanding on my body and I struggle daily to do normal activities.  I hope someday someone finds a cure or a drug that will help us all

Houston, Texas United States of America


7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0388: Karen Davenport”

  1. I just love your parents Karen! They understand don’t they. I just KNOW me and your dad would have a good time.

    There seems to be so many AS’ers who were athletes-or who had a very active lifestyle-before being cut down. But ya know, It just dawned on me, that athletes have to be focused, disciplined, tenacious, ect. These things AS cannot take away from us. Perhaps we need to take those gifts that made us good athletes, and focus that gift on a new adventure?

    • oops, computer failure…lol. as i was saying, i’m sorry it took me so long to reply. today is the first time i’ve looked at my “face” on the forum. you are right, there are alot of as’ers that were former athletes. its so weird. there are times that i feel like i’ve got a wrong diagnosis until i overdo it. this disease sucks so much. i wish i could do the things i want to. i’m 54, my mind thinks i’m 35, but my body says i’m 85 at times. i hate, hate, hate it. since getting off of remicade and starting arthrotec and sulfasulsazine i’ve done alot better. go figure? i’m glad to be off of remicade for sure. i wish you pain free days. hang in there and lets focus on that adventure. thanks for your comment.

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

  3. Hi Karen. Such a nice pic. Are you having a lot of success with the Remicade? God bless…

    • pam, so sorry for getting back to you so late. this is the first time i’ve looked at my “face” since i was added. thanks for the compliment. my parents are awesome and so supportive. i didn’t have alot of success with remicade so my dr. put me on arthrotec and sulfasulsazine. i do much better now. although i still have bad days, i have alot less than i did. good luck with your meds. hugs

  4. I hope they find a cure as well! I’m a 30 yr old female just recently diagnosed after three years of tests and a shoulder surgery before they checked me for it! I feel the same way that it demands so much of my energy to deal with the pain and fatigue! Have you tried any of the new TNF blockers?

  5. hi becky. i was on remicade for approximately 2 years without alot of success….my dr. put me on arthrotec and sulfasulsazine which has been alot more successful for me. i still have bad days and flares occassionally, but so much less than before. wishing you well.

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