A.S. Face 0605: Chris Green

Hi my name is Chris Green and im 29 years old and was diagnosed with AS about 3 weeks ago so is completely new to me as I’ve never heard of this illness before, For the last 6 months I have had constant lower back pain so seen the doctors and just said it was muscular problems so referred me to a pyhsio therapist in which they booked me in for an MRI scan which showed up flammation to my lower back so then was sent to a rhuematologist to then find out I have AS disease so in the process of having physio for an exercise routine etc, I also have psoriasis so need to see the rhuematologist again to see if I have psoriatic arthritis but all in all I’m keeping a positive mind and keeping my chin up any help  of advice would be much appreciated

thank you Chris Green

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0605: Chris Green”

  1. You want some advice Chris? Tonight, thank God for that little girl and for an early diagnosis. A diagnosis six months after pain. Woo Hoo! The problem with AS, is if it lingers on too long without treatment(like years), when you finally get the inflammation under control…some “damage will have been done” to joints. There’s no turnin back the clock on joint damage. So you see Chris, I thinks you gots lots to be thankfull for, but most of all, for that little girl.

  2. Hi Chris! I’m so happy that you found this amazing website, but I’m very sorry that you are dealing with being newly diagnosed with AS – Ankylosing Spondylitis, & possibly PsA – Psoriatic Arthritis. My name is Lisa, & I have both AS & PsA. One very positive thing, besides finding this website, is that if you’ve only been having symptons for about 6 months, which is very early to be diagnosed. Your rheumatologist will, if he hasn’t already, put you on medication that can slow your AS down, & your PsA, too if you have it. Early diagnosis is the key to treating this or these before they start to get worse. They can be controlled well, given you get on the right medication(s) as soon as possible. Please, a good piece of advice is don’t read too much online about AS. You will end up stressing yourself out, when a lot of online information is simply not true, & probably apply in your case, due to your early diagnosis. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve had AS & PsA for many, many years, & I assume your doctor may try an anti inflammatory ( or NSAID ) & an ANTI TNF medication, like Enbrel, Humira, Simponi, or Cimzia. He may want to try a DMARD medication first, if cost is an issue, like Methotrexate or Sulfasalazine. I know this is all a lot to accept, we’ve all been in at the point where you are now. I’m Lisa, & I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. If your rheumatologist has already put you on a medication, & you don’t see it here, do not worry. There are many other medications to control AS & PsA. The best thing is that you caught it so early, & therefore have a much better chance of successful treatment. Everyone here, on this site can relate to your story, & I’m so happy that you shared it with us, & you may help someone who reads your story. I find it very inspirational, reading other people’s stories on here, but do take advantage of all this wonderful website has to offer. Chris, I remember how hard it was when I was first diagnosed with AS & PsA, it overwhelming, & you go through so many diiferent emotions. That is totally normal, we have all gone through that, I did for a long time. I really mean it when I say, don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have, anytime. Thank you for sharing your story, Chris. You’re going to be okay. If you want to read my story, I’m Lisa #535. Stay strong, & contact me if you need. 🙂

  3. Dear Chris,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I know right now you must be feeling so overwhelmed. Please know that any of us will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are always here for you.
    Sincerely Cookie

  4. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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