It started when I was 11 years old and some boys playing football hit the football so hardly on my back which made me fall on the ground and since then I am suffering from a severe backache.
Years passed by and my backache never reduced.
I never had any tests done and I never visited any doctor for my treatment.
I would treat myself by massaging my back which would bring instant relief.
I worked as a teacher and a tutor at home and I would often suffer through severe backache and stiffness,I could never sit without a pillow behind my back.
I always needed something behind my back so that I would be comfortable.
As a working female everything was really tough for me.
Trying to come home and clean the house and take care of everything is quite a daunting task when you’ve already accomplished so much. You just want to sit down.The more you hold off the worse things get around the house but the more you force yourself to do it the worse you get.
It started a few months ago when I carried a really heavy bag on the way to the airport since I was travelling and I was unaware of the consequences that my back wont be able to support that kind of weight.
I started visiting my physiotherapist for relieving my back ache but after going back and forth to physiotherapist which was really of no use I went to visit the Spine Specialist and my tests confirmed my fears.
I was diagnosed about 7 months ago that I am suffering from Ankylosing Spondilitis.
I broke down knowing that this pain would never go no matter how hard I try to over come it.
Since then I can’t stand for more than 1 hour my back starts aching. At night I often wakeup with a severe pain and it remains the for the whole night.
I have severe stiffness on all over my back I can’t move.My sleep is usually not sound and I can be woken up at any given moment with a shooting twinge here or a muscle spasm there.
If I try to sit straight I get tired really quickly.
The moment I start walking my back starts hurting really badly and my doctor advised me to walk at least 2km daily.
I can’t do anything without bending and most of the household chores are the ones where I am supposed to bend. The doctor asked me not to bend as it affects my back.
Even when I travel in a car I need something behind my back or else my back hurts really bad.
Sometimes it’s so embarrassing when I visit my friends and I can’t sit straight. I just refuse to visit anyone anymore.
Is anyone going through the same?
I fight it everyday and I will continue to fight it as long as I can…