My name is Jamie Lambert, I’m 59 years old. I have 3 adult children and 3 grandkids. My 2 sons were diagnosed with A.S. in 2010. My middle son had been having lots of back pain for a couple of years and had gone to several doctors, Chiropractors, pain management, you name it. He went into a horrible flare and couldn’t walk. We took him to Specialists in Los Angeles, who finally figured out he had A.S. In the meantime, my oldest son had been limping and complaining for about 6 months. When he learned what A.S. was and the symptoms, he made an appointment with and Rheumatologist, and sure enough, A.S.
I was totally convinced that my sons inherited it from my husband. He is always complaining about aches and pains. In 2011, I was going through a lot of stress, with the death of my sister, and taking in her daughter. During this time, I had a full blown flare up. I ended up in the hospital for 2 days while the Doctors were trying to figure out what was going on. I never once thought it was A. S. My inflammation levels were at 163, and the Dr.’s were thinking Lupus. I was referred to a Rheumatologist and released. I went to the same Rheumy my sons were going to. He told me he was positive I had A.S., but ran the test to confirm it. Positive! So, treatment began.
The more I researched A.S., I found there were many signs over the years. Joining your group, I’m finding even more symptoms I have had and never attributed to A.S., actually are.
7 months ago, I had a Stroke. I had been flared for about 3 months prior, taking Advil, Naproxen, Humira, and occasionally Tramadol. My Doctors feel that my A.S. and the NSAIDS played a role in the Stroke. It’s been hard, but I’m on the road to recovery. What probably has been the hardest is Physical Therapy. Exercises I need to do for my Stroke recovery are sometimes impossible because of my limitations with A.S. My Therapist has been great, has done wonderful trying to deal with all my issues. I think A.S. has made me stronger in dealing with physical limitations and has actually helped me gain back what I lost from the Stroke quicker. I was recently released from all Physical Therapy! My Therapist told me that I progressed in my recovery in half the amount of time that was predicted, and it was due to my hard work.
Before my Stroke, I was letting A.S. kick my butt. I’ve changed to a much more positive attitude, and that has made a tremendous difference in my whole well-being. I am happy to be alive, I’m walking and moving around again. Yes, there are days when the pain from A.S. knocks me down, but I am glad that I can feel that pain – it means I’m living.
California, United States of America