Hi my name is Bob Herbst, I’m from plainfield, IL & am 53 years old & have had A.S since 1999. My story is in 1994 I slipped on some grease at work & felt a sharp pain in the right side of my neck. I made an accident report at work but didn’t really think much about it & everything seemed fine. I would occasionally get a stiff neck but the next day I would be fine, until 1999 when it was happening more often. I went to a chiropractor & nothing he did helped only the massage would help briefly. I then went & seen a Rheumatologist & she did xrays & bloodwork. I tested negative for HLA B27 but xrays showed fusion in my sacroiliac joints & my spine & neck. That’s when she told me I had A.S. she prescribed Enbrel for me & it never really helped much. Mornings I would wake up & be stiff every morning until I took a hot shower. I changed doctors 3 more times after that. Every doctor would say the same thing. Keep taking the Enbrel it will help you.
Finally in 2011 I switched my Rheumatologist the fifth time. I brought my xrays & bloodwork results to him. He took bloodwork & he told me I was full of inflammation. He took me off the Enbrel & put me on Humira & after my first injection my morning stiffness was gone & has not come back. I feel better now than in years but I still have the stiffness but not as bad as before. So summing this all up. I still believe my A.S was caused by my slip at work in 1994. If your not happy with your doctor switch & find one your happy with. My fifth Rhuemy is the best thing that happened for me. He takes his time with me & never rushes me during appointments.
Thank You, Bob Herbst
Illinois, United States of America