A.S. Face 0571: Melinda Ault

My name is Melinda Ault, I live in Armagh Pennsylvania.

My AS started when I was 17, but wasn’t diagnosed with it until 2004. I was a school bus driver and when I went for my physical the doctor asked how long I have had the hump at my shoulders. She gave me information on AS and recommended I see an arthritis doctor.

I had my first visit to a clinic in December of 2004. The doctor is saw did all kinds of testing and on my second visit she told me that I had the worst case of AS she had ever seen in a woman.

Pennsylvania United States of America

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0571: Melinda Ault”

  1. Hi Melinda,
    I would love to hear more about your ‘daily life with A.S.’ I think my email shows when I post this. When you feel up to it please let me know how you are and what your A.S. is like.
    Thank you for your courage, strength and smile.

    • Hi Jacquie,

      My daily life consists of getting up at 5:30 am because that is when my AS says so, lol. I takes me about 2 hours just to get loosened up in the mornings. Sometimes I have to get in a hot shower just to be able to get relief. I take Enbrel (50mg) once a week. It has helped alot. I can’t stand the weather changes, I ache terribly. I have told my kids not to listen to the weather people, just ask and I can tell them when it is going to rain or get cold. This week has been very nasty for me, my neck has been stiff since Monday and nothing seems to relieve the pain. I have Lidoderm patches but they are worthless. I take it one day at a time, fight with my husband on the weekends because I can’t be the wife he thinks I can be. The AS has affected my eyes also. I take prednisone drops when that happens. I make myself do things just to keep mobile. My only support right at the moment is my youngest daughter, she has worked in nursing homes with others that had AS, so she knows what I am going through and what is to come. I thank God everyday for letting me wake up and have some semblence of a life. Thank you for listening.


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

  3. Hi Melinda: Yes, the A.S. can be in charge sometimes. Like you, I, too, am up at an ungodly early hour of every morning. I have to force myself to get ready for work most days. Then, I have some days when it is not so bad, and I zip along. This illness is very strange. Anyway, welcome to our group! Please let any of us know if you have questions or if you want to chat!
    Stephania/Face #445

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