A.S. Face 1567: Jewel Baird

Face 1567

My name is Jewel Baird.  I am 50 years old and I live in Andersonville, TN…and it has been a rough year.  I think I am finally “feeling ” my age.  I was diagnosed with A.S. in 2006…after a seemingly minor car accident in 2002 left me with a long list of pains and unexplained symptoms from nausea and dizziness to neck and back pain that just seemed to get worse no matter the treatment.   I lost count of the doctors I saw and the times I was told that IF I was overweight. ..they would tell me to lose weight. ..until an orthopedic doctor sent me to a rheumatologist who solved the mystery in about a 10 minute conversation (verified, of course, by examination, bloodwork, and the x-rays of my SI Joints, which had shown inflammation for about 4 years).  It has been a long, painful, frustrating journey.   Thanks be to God I now have peace.  There is also a sense of community in knowing that others are suffering from the same affliction… I guess…I know that sounds bad…and I am sorry for each person who feels this pain…but I also know that unexplainable pain tortured my brain.  I thought I was going crazy.  I was the 1st in my family to be diagnosed and had never heard of Ankylosing Spondylitis before 2006, although my neck had been hurting for AT LEAST 4 years before the accident.   My doctor said it was my desk job.  Thank goodness I finally changed doctors.

Tennessee, United States of America

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 1567: Jewel Baird”

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

  2. Not only do I have the same affliction, I discovered it in the exact way you did (after a minor car accident). It was about 3 years after your car accident. I feel the same pain. Just wanted to let you know that we have very similar stories!

    • Thanks Janice, it is interesting that we both found out after a minor car accident. I guess that is how God worked it out for us. I think I would have gone crazy dealing with chronic pain with no explanation.

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