Hollie Godfrey

My name is Hollie Godfrey. I am 39 years old and I live in Riverdale Utah and I was just diagnosed with A.S. in February. I have been in pain for over three years and was seeing a doctor that had no urgency to find out what was really wrong with me. I explained the pain I was feeling and how my chest constantly hurt. He had done some ex-rays and EKG’s but found nothing. He finally put me on a beta-blocker to keep my heart rate lower, which did nothing for me…In January of this year I went to a clinic at the hospital and met my new doctor, a third year resident that told me she was not going to give up on me! Finally some hope!! I wasn’t being treated like I was crazy or just wanted pain meds (which I never asked for). She ordered a series of blood test and found I had the HLA-B27 gene, from there we did a pelvic ex-ray which gave her reason to order a MRI. She was right in her thoughts. Ankylosing Spondylitis. She has referred me to a rheumatologist, which I love!! Great man!! I have been on Hurmira since Feb. 14th, the first dose was like a miracle but lasted only ten days, the second one lasted even less. I have been told it could take up to 4-6 weeks to really feel good, so I am looking forward to that! Its nice to know that I am not alone, all these faces on here really give me comfort and I am glad I found this page…My hopes are high!! Thank you!!!

Riverdale Utah United States of America

One Response to “Hollie Godfrey”

  1. Dear Hollie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. The best advice I can give to you or anyone.. give your medicine time to work. I was on remicade for 7 months or so before I began to feel better, doctor said give it time. I did and was the best decision of my life.
    Sincerely Cookie

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