A.S. Face 1023: Marcia Moon Feisal
I’ve had the diagnosis of AS for about 6 years, even though my pain management doctor insists that there’s no way women have AS. With the diagnosis, all the puzzle pieces fell into place and suddenly everything I’ve been frustrated about for the past I’ve been diagnosed with AS, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis then that changed to IBS, degenerative disc disease and various other physical aliments including severe allergies to medications, foods, detergents and so on. Eating a diet that is low carb and thus, minimal gluten has helped me a lot and I finally started to lose weight gained from surgery to have 5 disks in my neck fused in De. 2011. Due to extreme pain, I was off work for 4 months and took several doses of prednisone. My face puffed up and I felt awful. I completely lost the feeling on both heels and everything from the ball of my foot to the tips of the toes on the left foot.
I retired from my teaching career of 31 years in December due to my health and I’m keeping two infant grandchildren. It’s the best life and I love what I’m doing.
Oklahoma, United States of America