Elizabeth Albeck

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I am 33 years old and mother of 5 (3 are mine and 2 step-children). My husband and I went to high school together, reconnected years later and married. I worked as a dog groomer and have been grooming for 6 years, until I started having a hard time doing my job and was declared permanently disabled. I believe I have had signs and symptoms for many years, possibly going back to childhood, but it became quite evident right after I gave birth to my now 4yr old daughter. It started with aches and pains, mainly in my back, shoulders and legs. As I kept working, it became more and more evident something was very wrong. I couldn’t move hen I got up in the morning because my body was so stiff, I felt like an old woman and felt excluded when the kids and my husband were playing. I finally broke down and went to my family doctor. He ran some blood work and sent me to a rheumatologist. He told me I had fibromyalgia. I tried physical therapy, and the typical drugs they try for Fibro, but had no luck. I started going to a pain management doctor and after being put on pain medication and getting nerve blocks for my migraines, I was now able to function in a better capacity without tears of frustration. But I wasn’t “better.” The next time I saw that rheumy I left in tears when he told me he couldn’t do anything for me.. The front office staff told me to try the other doctor in the practice, and I am so glad I did. My very first visit with him he told me he knew what as wrong with me, said I was underdiagnosed (although he agreed I do have Fibro as well) and had me do a round of low dose steroids. My next visit confirmed it. Undifferentiated spondylitis. I had never heard of this. I was shocked. What did this mean? He gave me a few weeks to research treatment options and went I went back, he started me on Enbrel. I just did my 5th injection and I am hoping I notice an improvement soon. I take many pills and supplements for other medical conditions and just and just want to be “me” again. I just want to be the “old” Beth but I know that will never be. That is my story.
Pennsylvania, United States of America


One Response to “Elizabeth Albeck”

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

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