A.S. Face 1733: Heather


I was diagnosed with AS when I was 40. I had been having symptoms since my early twenties. They were very mild in the beginning and gradually got worse.   It wasn’t until my late thirties that I started having severe back pain. I started missing work. I got hooked up with a pain specialist. I tried everything physical therapy, water therapy, chiropractors, walking, at home exercise, massage, a tens unit…….etc. nothing helped.  I finally got preferred to a Rheumatologist. This is who diagnosed me with ankylosing spondylitis. I am now getting the help I need. The pain is still with me.  I think it always will be.  I also developed fibromyalgia.  This is also a very painful disease.  I am a fighter.  I am in constant pain but I try hard not to let it get me down.

I will not AS define who I am. I am Heather

Idaho, United States of America

One Response to “A.S. Face 1733: Heather”

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

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