A.S. Face 0983: Dawn
My name is Dawn and I have had A.S. symptoms since I was 16 years old. I have been to numerous doctors before one doctor 15+ years later decided to check me for the HLA-B27 gene. I was told that it was psychosomatic. Like many others I have problems walking at times, sitting and or standing for long periods of time. Sleeping is horrendous for me and well mornings are indescribable. I also suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety. Food and I do not get along very well, I have to take chlorestamine to keep food inside me. I was on Enbrel for approx. 1 year before it stopped working and now I am on Humira and fingers crossed it will continue to keep the edge off. I also am on the Duragesic/Fentenyl Patch. I am now 39 and I am not sure what the future holds for me. I hope one day someone will find a cure in my lifetime.