A.S. Face 2164: John Clouatre

Hello, I wanted to add a face for you and share a little of my story with you to help bring more awareness to the world about this horrible, life stealing, excruciating painful disease. It took me 4 years, 9 drs, too many test and procedures to list or even count, job lost along with everything else (literally – home, cars, insurance, most of my family & friends and almost my life), accused of only being a drug seeking addict, told I was too young to have all these issues and that my tests didn’t show anything bad enough to cause the problems or pain to be as bad as I was making it out to be so it had to be just mostly in my head, all of this plus more before I could even get a diagnosis. Finally received my diagnosis from 1 blood test and about 10-12 questions by a rheumatologist, in less than 10mins!!! That is just the first & one part of my story, I am John Clouatre, age 47, living in the state of Georgia in the USA & have been living with AS for approximately 16-17 yrs now.

Georgia, United States of America


4 Responses to “A.S. Face 2164: John Clouatre”

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

  2. God bless stay strong happy your still with us
    It’s sure feels good to get a diagnosis and able to start fighting back at this horrible disease
    God bless
    Us all

  3. Welcome, it took me to go to a Rheumatologist in Georgia myself to get diagnosed. Good luck…

  4. This shadows the story of my son’s struggle. Like you he was told it was all in his head, accused of just wanting pain killers, sent to physical therapy, given cortisone treatments, and finally like you…one simple blood test to prove the inevitable. Prayers for all AS Warriors.

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