A.S. Face 0486: JoAnn Beldue

Hi my name is JoAnn Beldue I am 38 years old and live in Rochester NY.    I was recently diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in June of 2012.  I was diagnosed through blood test and Xray.  I wasn’t having too many symptoms or if I was they were not too bad and I guess I was used to it if you will.  I had 3 cases of Uveitis.  The first one was in 1997.  I had my second one in the summer of 2010 and the third the summer of 2011.  I had blood work done and tested positive for HLA B27.  My Dr then ordered an Xray which confirmed the Ankylosing Spondylosis.  I saw the Rheumatologist in June and he diagnosed me.  He told me I could start Meloxicam to relieve symptoms and help prevent the disease from progressing.  I didn’t think I was having symptoms until I learned more about the disease and of course now that I am more aware of it.  The past 3 years I have been having a lot of neck and upper back pain.  I assumed it was from my occupation, but now wonder.  I had an Xray last week of my neck and upper back to see.  I have always had some kind of back pain which started when I was around 16 or 17.  I also started experiencing hip pain around 2010 which would be off and on again.

I feel so fortunate that I have not had severe symptoms of the disease as of yet and pray for a cure.

New York United States of America

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0486: JoAnn Beldue”

  1. Hi joann , my name is Derek Matthews from Dublin ,Ireland . I am 41 and was diag 8 yrs ago . I inject enbrel once a week and have found it to be great relief to the pains A/S causes , it affects my spine more so and espec my neck but hey shit happens , i try not to let it get to me as it is not worth worrying about i have so i just get on with it , i hope a cure is found in my lifetime . hope your keeping in good spirits

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

  3. JoAnn,

    Sounds like you had one of those “aha” moments when we realize all the aches and pains we’ve had for years and never really could attribute them to anything finally get explained. I’m glad you got a relatively easy diagnosis and wish you all the best!


  4. Welcome, JoAnn. I pray you don’t experience the intense pain and inflammation that many of us have–not just in our necks and backs but other areas as well. Keep moving, I’ve found that has helped me tremendously. You have a lovely outlook on life and that will also help. I’m grateful for this community of encouragers

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