A.S. Face 0683: Jeremy

My name is Jeremy and i have AS.  I’m 32 years old and I’m from Scranton, SC.   I was diagnosed when i was 25 years old. I went to see my doc. because i was feeling bad all the time and my elbow was bothering me.  My doc. referred me to a rheumatologist, and after a few x rays i was told i had hypermobile joints and they were worn out for a person my age.  My doc. also said i had AS , something i had never heard of before. I was given some nsaids and some info to read.  I didn’t pay much attention to my AS for several years because it was not a problem.  Then about two years ago i started having more pain and stiffness than usual. I also started having numbness in hands and arms when i slept.    After seeing my doc. I have been put on new medications and i am trying humira right now, but it doesn’t seem to work for me.  Next on the list is enbrel.  After my AS started causing problems i began reading more and more about it.  I realized i had several symptoms for years and didn’t even connect them.  My eyes are extremely sensitive to light and i see spots and stars. My body ached when i sat for too long. I had IBS for years and didn’t realize it was all connected…now I’m taking it more seriously because i have a beautiful wife and two little boys that i want to be able to do everything with for the rest of my life.  I will not let my disease stop me…..


South Carolinam, United States of America

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 0683: Jeremy”

  1. Love your story, Jeremy! Best wishes to you and your beautiful family!
    Stephania/Face #445

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

  3. Jeremy, you were diagnosed much earlier than me, but your story connected with me. I have three wonderful children and don’t want to let this disease define me either. I have gone through a stage where AS was more a nuisance than a real problem, but I am learning firsthand how it can begin to be a real problem. The worst part for me is that my symptoms have gotten worse since being on Enbrel now for 6 months. Hang in there!

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