At age 30 I was finally diagnosed after 13 years of being misdiagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I sought chiropractic care as a teenager but really had back pain long before that. After seeing only male doctors, my female rheumatologist ordered a test for the HLA B27 protein and I was positive confirming that my high CRP and joint inflammation/damage was indeed AS. I can’t help but think what damage could have been avoided if treated correctly in my twenties. Acceptance has helped me deal with the emotional part of this disease and though I have several fusions I try to live my life to its fullest.

One Response to “Janine”

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: