After years of unexplained bouts of uveitis and aching legs, I awoke one morning thinking I had somehow pulled a muscle in my back, but what I was experiencing was a flare of inflammation in my SI joints. Low and behold almost 10 years after my first bout of uveitis, and after my first rheumatologist had dismissed my HBLA-27 positive blood test as a slight indication that I may end up with arthritis in my back, I was finally diagnosed with AS. Now a little over 8 years later, I am being treated by my fifth and best rheumatologist. I get by on Remicade, Alleve and occasional SI injections. After going into remission during my pregnancy three years ago, with the birth of my daughter, my symptoms returned with a vengeance! It’s not easy being a working mom of a three-year-old, especially when there are days when fatigue totally takes over, but I just think that things could always be worse and I’m thankful for all that I have.
Clayton , New Jersey, United States of America