A.S. Face 1598: Sarah Kennepohl

Face 1598

I am a new face! I was diagnosed Feb. 2016 after nearly 20 yrs of symptoms. The Sacroiliitis, facet joint spurs, costochondritis, multiple ankle fractures, plantar fasciitis and ulcerative colitis were never correlated to all the specialists I’ve seen over the years.
Finally made it to a Rheumatologist in Feb. and was diagnosed on the spot.
I am currently on Enbrel after a severe flare while on Humira and allergic reaction to Sulfasalazine. Still in pain. Still waiting on Enbrel to do its thing. No other pain meds though and it’s rough day to day. Rheumatologist won’t prescribe anything else. I have 4 beautiful children and I’m struggling to keep my part-time job since I’m not able to maintain my old full-time Medical Assistant career.

Texas, United States of America


4 Responses to “A.S. Face 1598: Sarah Kennepohl”

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

  2. You Need to go see a pain clinic they prescribe the pain medication. Along with possible steriod injections which can sometimes bring relief for a period of time which is great. The Rheumatoid Dr only controls the arthritis that is their job but it seems they don’t say that. I live in Frisco Tx and it is not easy to get all your medical lined up. I commend you for working and caring for your kids it is not easy with this disease. I am 50 yrs old and disabled at this time. Sincerky Debra,


  3. I am 60 yo on Enbrel weekly. I take one Vicodin for severe pain when I need it. My family practice provider orders it for me, about 60 lasts me about 9-12 months. I had to sign a pain contract. I don’t abuse it as you can see, but when I need it, it’s there.
    I work out about 3-4 times a week, 45 min on the elliptical and light weights. Exercise – whatever you are able to do to expand your ribs, walking, swimming, etc You will feel better..

  4. Thank you for sharing your story . I’m also on Endrel. Joy- Face #240.

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