A.S. Face 1228: Darcie Birge
I 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..
Indiana, United States of America