A.S. Face 0710: Katrina Pidden

710: Katrina

710: Katrina


Hi my name is katrina pidden I live in daventry, Northamptonshire I’m 32years old and have ankylosing spondlitious. I first started having pain in my back at the age of 18, and was constantly fobbed of by doctors for many years saying was normal back problem and would go, and just gave me painkillers and would go, blood tests never showed up anything, they made me feel like I was overreacting. Actually took me 12years to get diganoised.when I was pregnant withy daughter I was signed of at around 4 months pregnant due to the pain was in, I seen lot of diffrent doctors over the years as had lot pain in my knees also and developed in my shoulders to. Happened to be one doctor I seem when I was pregnant that realised something must be wrong for me to suffer this many years and told me once I had given birth 3 months after she wud send me to consultant at hospital which he said he didn’t think I had a problem and that nothing would show up on MRI scan, anyway I got sent to rhematology , and the consultant there said I had inflmation and said she thought I had it and the blood test confirmed I did. Everyday is a battle with tiredness and pain. I know have in my neck, knees, shoulders and hips, and quite few diffrent places I’m back. I carnt do a lot stuff that I used to and sometimes feel lonley due to this and wishing this disease didn’t excist, I think I’m a lot stronger now because I have this , and makes me more understanding to do with a lot of things. And I hope that the doctors become more aware of it to give people a faster diganois.

Daventry, Northamptonshire

10 Responses to “A.S. Face 0710: Katrina Pidden”

  1. Dear Kartina,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Hi Katrina

    My name is Thomas and I live in Godmanchester, Cambs. Apart from the pregnancy issues 🙂 my story is very similar. I was diagnosed 13 years ago and I’m still trying to find medication and a rheumatologist to suit me.

    Best Wishes

    Thomas Roxby

    • It’s a hard struggle to get a combination that’s right to suit you. I’ve yet to find one. On morphine and anti tnf which at present is not working. Are you on anti tnf?

      • I was on embrel for 2 years but it stopped working. I was then on a trial drug called secukinumab but that stopped working after 1 year.
        I’m now on painkillers and anti-inflams and they are not much help.

        I have been referred to the RNHRD in Bath as they have an AS rehabilitation course. I just have to wait.

        What anti-tnf are you on ?

  3. I ! Actually i’m on Simponi ( after Enbrel, Humera, Rhumicade and Orencia) ,

    • Did the anti-tnf stop working or did they make you sick. When embrel stopped working for me they wouldn’t let me try a different 1

      • Hi Thomas. That’s strange they would not let u try another tnf. My rheam did say after enbrel and humira they would struggle to get me on simponi. But basically they lied saying I’d also had a reaction to humira aswell as the simponi. I’ve herd very good things about bath. Hope works for you x

    • Hi Sophie I’m also on simponi after enbrel and humira. How are you finding it? Not much success with me x

  4. Katrina, in your country, doctors don’t understand it? The Lord minister to your heart my dear sister. You are not alone !!!

  5. Hi Katrina. I just don’t understand how 1 consultant can say such different things than another. To me it seems like they are in a constant battle to keep me off anti-tnf.
    I have an appointment with a A.S consultant at Bath next month so hopefully he will understand. I don’t know about you but no-one ever seems to listen.

    I hope you are doing ok. Take care.

    Tom x

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