A.S. Face 0769: Michelle Daley

Face 769My name is Michelle Daley. I live in Warren, Michigan with my husband and two children. I have been suffering with ankylosing spondylitis for about 6 years. The pain started in my low back and hips when I was pregnant with my second child, my son, in 2007. I thought it was pregnancy related; however, it didn’t stop after giving birth. It continued to gradually become worse. I saw a holistic doctor, a chiropractor, my family physician, my ob/gyn, a fibromyalgia clinic, a pain specialist, and finally, a rheumatologist. My blood work came back positive for HLA-B27 and the rheumatologist has diagnosed me with AS, fibro, and psoriatic arthritis. I am currently taking methotrexate, which is helping the PsA pain, but nothing else. I am also scheduled to have a pain pump implanted on June 10th, 2013. Hopefully that will help somewhat with the pain of AS, as it has become unbearable and debilitating. I keep my hopes high and my faith strong.
Thank you, Cookie, for sharing my face of AS and my story.

Michigan, United States of America

7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0769: Michelle Daley”

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

  2. I am 34 years old. I have AS. I also am positive for HLAB27. I was diagnosed when I was 29. I started having symptoms at age 12. it took the doctor 17 years to diagnos me. before that they just said that I was depressed that I was making it up and that nothing was wrong with me.. I think I started to believe that too. but finally my knee was swollen for 7 months and then they decided to run tests. it was really weird but I started to cry because I finally felt that someone with listening to me. I’ve been on medicine ever since. I also take methotrexate and I get infusions of remicade every 6 weeks I also take Norco and some out for the pain Norco and so much for the pain

    • Sorry my message got messed up at the end. I meant to say I take soma and norco for pain. all of this still does not take away the pain entirely. it just makes it a little more bearable. my AS effects my feet my knees my hip my back my shoulders my hands and my neck. also it’s hard to get treatment on time because my infusions are so expensive. my copay after insurance and everything is still $310 every 6 weeks and that does not include doctors visits or anything else and I take or any other procedures.

      • I also take lots of meds for the pain, as my pain pump surgery was delayed until July 1st. I take Percocet and OxyContin. I should be starting Humira soon too, if my insurance approves it. Thanks for your comments 🙂 – Michelle

  3. You are so cheerful in your photo. I hope the pain pump helps. I am sure you bring so much joy to everyone you know.
    Face 377 Jacquie

    • Thank you, Jacquie, I try to smile to hide the pain. But thank you for such kind words! – Michelle

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