A.S. Face 1150: Kristen Oddi

Face 1150

My name is Kristen Oddi and I am 28 years old. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in August of 2011. Prior to my diagnosis, I would find myself in tremendous pain when trying to sit, lay down, sleep, etc. Sleeping was miserable as my body would just burn with constant pain. There was nothing I could do to ease the discomfort. Occasionally, the pain would subside with activities such as working out but it would always come creeping back. I saw numerous doctors (most of whom would tell me it was “just a little back pain”) that would just prescribe pain medications, send me to physical therapy, inject countless epidurals, or perform those fun filled radioactive frequencies. I always knew something more severe was going on, but unfortunately none of the doctors could identify the problem. Finally, a Rheumatologist mentioned those two scary words, “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. After learning how to pronounce this diagnosis, we immediately started the testing process through X-Rays, MRIs and extensive blood work.  My blood work tested positive for HLA-B27 and the X-Rays and MRIs confirmed spinal fusing. After receiving the official diagnosis, I quickly began receiving my Remicade infusions which have been amazing! In addition to my oral medications and the infusions, I exercise daily in hopes of slowing down the fusion process.

I do not allow AS to slow me down! I always remind myself that things could be much worse! My support team, faith, medications, diet, and exercise help me to fight this battle with confidence!

Kristen Oddi

Georgia, United States of America

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 1150: Kristen Oddi”

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

  2. Problem solved Kristen! Always good to hear treatment success…always good to hear hope. I read a comment an AS’er made the other day that struck me…she tried 3 TNF biological…before the fourth one worked! The point isn’t that three didn’t work…the point is the fourth did. Happy for you!

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