My name is Greg Corkron and this is a picture of me and my family. I wanted to share this picture with all of you, because they are the reason , the ONLY reason AS has not beat me. I was injured while lifting weights in the Navy in 2001. They diagnosed me with a low back sprain, but I actually had 2 ruptured discs that still aren’t repaired. I went through 30 doctors over 3 years of active duty. I was released in 2003, without a formal diagnosis. They discharged me for the convenience of the government, and my career was over. I went to work in the civilian sector doing construction. I know it wasn’t the best idea with a bad back, but it paid better than fast food, and I had 2 children to feed at the time. In 2010 I was to the point that I had fallen multiple times because my hips and knees were giving out. I lived in Illinois at the time, and our winters got pretty harsh! I finally got a new doctor at the VA who would listen! From 2003 – 2010 the dr would not listen to my symptoms, told me that it was all in my head, and that my hips only hurt because I was faking a limp. I finally got the state veterans affairs board to get me a new doctor.
Jan. 2011 I met the new doctor, described all the symptoms, and within 15 minutes, she was ordering x-rays, and blood work to confirm her suspicions of A.S. She also sent me to physical therapy ( the therapist looked at my xrays and said flat-out his services would hurt me more than help me). I saw a rheumatologist for the first time in Feb.2011. She was amazing, and started me on methotrexate and folic acid right away. My wife and I decided we wanted to move to a warmer climate because I was having so many problems with the cold. We moved to Georgia in June 2011. Once here, I was transferred to a rheumatologist and let him know the MTX was doing NOTHING for me, he switched me to Enbrel, Prednisone, and Morphine. The combination worked for about 3 weeks, then nothing! I was switched to Humira in January 2012, and that has done NOTHING! Actually, I ended up in the E.R. this past sunday due to the pain. The Humira is not working, and I go later this month to see the rheumy, and we are going to start remicade infusions. That will be a blast!
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