A.S. Face 1312: Tiffany Dugger

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My name is Tiffany. I live in Washington state and I am 32 years old. I was first diagnosed with AS when I was 22. The rheumatologist  wanted to start me on TNF-a blockers ASAP but I wanted to have babies so I ignored my diagnosis and tried to live with the pain. After successfully having two children (not without many hardships including miscarriages, preeclampsia, and premature babies) I decided it was time to seek the care I needed. I was started on Humira which seemed to work for 6 months before it lost effectiveness. I then tried Remicade and it seemed to work well for quite some time but my reactions to it got worse each time. I’ve now been on Cimzia for around 8 months and seem to be doing ok. I am fusing at L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1. I also have severe arthritis in my hip and constant pain in my SI joints and neck. My gastroenterologist also
believes I have Crohns of my upper GI. I take high doses of Nabumetone to help with inflammation since others I have tried didn’t do the trick and I hope that doesn’t completely destroy my stomach.

Even with all this being said, I don’t regret waiting to get treatment. I’m thankful for my blessings. Shortly after having my second child I had to have a hysterectomy due to problems believed to be related to AS and my “parts”. I couldn’t imagine not having my babies.

Next week I am being scheduled to ‘burn’ the nerve endings in my facets in the areas mentioned above. I hope it helps with the pain so that I continue to live MY life.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. You all kick AS(s)!

Tiffany Dugger

Washington, United States of America


6 Responses to “A.S. Face 1312: Tiffany Dugger”

  1. Dear Tiffany,
    Thank you so much for sharing yuour story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. I have had RF treatments to “burn” my ilio-inguinal nerve because if a botched vasectomy. Good luck. It didn’t bring me any relief.

    • Thank you Ted. Sorry to hear it didn’t help you. At this point I just want relief even if it’s somewhat temporary. Hopefully this does the trick.

      • I am all for trying new things no matter how radical. I went for an orchiectomy which took maybe 60% of the pain. I just had an autoimmune disease take up the slack.

        I’m praying this works for you. I still feel it’s worth the risk.

  3. I also have AS I’m a 40 year old women , I had my kids early in life but I’m a grandma and I’m missing out on so much time with them because the constant pain I have taken my 2 shot of humira , it kicks me down so hard it takes me a week to get back to normal , I’ve tried so many other medications I’m currently taking 4 other prescription medications in hope of some relief soon ..I feel like I’ve lost myself ..I miss the person I used to be .. I m not even sure I know what fun is anymore

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