A.S. Face 0464: Vicki Newman

I have recently been diagnosed with AS. I have suffered with pain since I was about 16 (I am now 23) and was told by doctors ‘it’s just sciatica here is a leaflet.’ I always put it down to my jobs – standing up all day and lifting heavy items. I went back to the doctors complaining that the pain keeps getting worse and I worried I was going to have the same condition as my dad. He suffered with degenerative disc disease until an operation on his spine last year. The doctors acted quickly and sent me for x-rays. They picked up large areas of inflammation around my lumbar spine and referred me to a rheumatologist. They diagnosed AS and gave me steroid injections. I felt no change with the injections and am now taking Naproxen until my MRI scan in June to determine the severity of the condition. Recently the pain in my hands and arms has got worse and I tend to drop things quite a lot. Not many people understand the daily agony but finding this site has given me true inspiration to lead a full and happy life.

Vicki Newman

Manchester, England, UK

5 Responses to “A.S. Face 0464: Vicki Newman”

  1. ANd now you story will give others inspiration to lead a full and happy life. I’m just thrilled you got such a quick diagnonsis. Damn I wish I would have been diagnosed when I was 23. I wonder what my life would have been like…thats something you’ll never have to go through now Vicki. If I was you, I think i’d have a big smile on about now!!! Thanks Vick.

    PS-the AS has been flaring up in my hands lately, ever since I became addicted to Facebook!!

  2. Hi Vicki. I really liked your story, I can totally relate to dropping things constantly. I know that everyone here can relate to the constant chronic pain. I’m sorry that you are going through so much pain, but I’m happy that you found this site. This site has been such a huge inspiration for me. Everyone is so nice & supportive here, & we all understand & relate to each others stories. I’m trying to find the courage to post my own AS story, & each story I read, like yours is helping me to find that courage. Thank you! 🙂 Lisa

  3. Dear Vicki,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  4. Vicki: Welcome to the group! So glad you shared your story with all of us, and so happy you got a quick diagnosis. I had to wait until I was 49, and I believe that I have had A.S. since I was about 18!!! I wish you all the best!
    Stephania #445

  5. Thank you for telling your story. I hope you get relief soon.
    Sending Hugs!

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