Amanda DeStigter

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I am a 32 year old mother of 3 daughters. Recently engaged to an amazing supportive man. I have been battling back issues since I was 18. The last two years it has been very troublesome. Over a year ago I started seeing Doctors again for issues with back. Diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease. Multiple injections, steroids, medications, and tests with no relief. July of 2014 had a microdiesctomy in my L5S1. Again no relief. I am not able to sleep in my bed seems to cause flares. I “sleep” in a recliner and it’s a successful night if I get 4 hours of rest. I tested positive for the gene in May of 2014 (no one mentioned this!) Tested positive again in Feb 2015. Now I see a Rheumy. I am on week 5 of Enbrel. Other than my back (which is so severe during flares I can’t walk or do daily activities by myself) my wrists, hips, shoulders and feet are sore. So many medication changes I have lost count. I am hoping to sleep in bed soon.


South Dakota, United States of America

One Response to “Amanda DeStigter”

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

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