A.S. Face 1228: Darcie Birge

Face 1228I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 13, I had swollen fingers and my knees hurt a lot, I was told to take 1 aspirin a day so I did and it didn’t help, so as years passes I was ok with it as it wasn’t that bad I could handle a little minor pain here and there. When I was in my mid 20’s I started having severe back pain went to several different doctors and no diagnosis until I was referred to a rheumatologist who with 1 blood test determined I had AS so the pain meds came into play and NSAIDs which didn’t help much I have been on Remicade which led to an allergic reaction my second time going on it first time I had no problems I have tried Enbrel,Humira,Rituxan, now I am on Cimzia and 2 different strong narcotics plus few other things I take about 16 pills a day my hips are bad and so are my knees they are talking replacement in a couple years and I am only 42 unemployed cause of this disease and on my 4th try to get my disability.. Of course there is a lot more,I could go on forever on everything I have been through but I would be here for a few hours… lol
Well that’s my basic story.
Thank you for the Fb site I really think it helps knowing in not alone..
Darcie Birge

Indiana, United States of America


2 Responses to “A.S. Face 1228: Darcie Birge”

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

  2. Hi Darcy,

    I connect with your story. I am 26 and have been diagnosed since I was 18. My fiance is my life line and I couldn’t keep our home in order unless I had him by myside. I know I am very lucky to have him.

    What caught me on your story is that you are on Cimzia – I found this site by trying to research the effects of Cimiza for ppl with AS. My Dr. wants to start me on this ASAP and we are just waiting for the insurance to go through. I would love you know what you think of cimzia. No matter how much support you have, it’s hard never being able to ask anyone questions. This is a great site.

    my contact is lisa.mariee@yahoo.com.


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