A.S. Face 1386: Jeff Shaw

Face 1386

My name is Jeff Shaw and I was diagnosed with AS in 2008. I started having severe pain in my hips and buttocks in 2001 but the pain would go away. My doctor thought I had AS but couldn’t find a rheumatologist to agree with him. Then in 2008 I had the worst flare of my life. I could hardly walk, turn my head or open my mouth. Pain killers and prednisone would not even touch it. From that point on the pain never went away. I was sent back to a rheumatologist that I had been to before and he looked at my new x-rays and told me that he had to eat crow. I am now on Enbrel and pain killers along with a host of other drugs. I also have Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis in my knees and degenerative disc disease. I have been on disability since 2012 but still manage to work 2 or 3 half days if I can. Every day is a struggle but I try to keep a positive attitude.
Wisconsin, United States of America

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 1386: Jeff Shaw”

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

  2. Thank you Cookie!

  3. Jeff,
    you are an inspiration. Thank you for being a “face” of A.S.

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