A.S. Face 2187: Melinda Neitzel

Hello my name is Melinda Neitzel and I’m 33 years old and diagnosed with AS. I was dismissed by a rheumatologist at the University of Utah as not having the disease because I’m a female and overweight, his words. I do not have much that does any radiographic changes except major inflammation of my SI joints and the symptoms that follow suit. I also have a positive HLA-B27 so with all that being said I had a second opinion and this doctor said that I am in the “non radiographic” stage of the disease and placed me in Humira which has helped the nerves being pinched in my low back. I’m so grateful my current doctor listened and really did deep into my medical history for I suffer from a couple other auto immune disorders.

Idaho, United States of America


2 Responses to “A.S. Face 2187: Melinda Neitzel”

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

  2. Welcome, Sounds like a typical Dr’s visit that I had years ago. Just because you don’t have all the full blown indicators there’s nothing wrong. If you’re like it makes you feel like you’re a Hypochondriac all though you know it’s real pain. Don’t be discouraged when your new Dr. Says there’s nothing they can do to help and you will just have to live with it. It’s not what you want to hear I know. But anytime they can do something it’s better than nothing. If you don’t mind my best advice is to stay as active as you possibly can. I think staying active kept me from being worse than I am. Swimming, biking and walking seem to have helped a little bit but you don’t want to do nothing .
    Good luck with your venture. Stay active and stay as positive as you can.

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