A.S. Face 0879: Karen L. Lawrence
I am Karen L. Lawrence, LVN, Diagnosed at age 53 after years of wondering.. I had to leave nursing after I fell and my x-rays and MRI revealed what my positive HLA-B27 warned me about almost 20 years ago. Adding AS to my osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, osteopenia and several herniated discs made me realize why I was in pain most of the time especially after exercising. I was always athletic and know I am waiting to see what my next step will be in the treatment of these diseases. After my diagnosis, I had my mom who was 87 years old at that time take the blood test because you could tell by the way she walks and her kyphosis is was a possibility that she would test positive for the HLA-B27 and yes the result was positive. Fighting these diseases are hard especially for so many years I was too young to have these kind of problems. The medical community must become aware that this disease has many ages and faces.
Karen L. Lawrence, LVN
California, United States of America