Jerrie Hall

 

Face 1051Hi my name is Jerrie Hall. I live in Colorado. I’m 46, happily married mother of three amazing kids. I was diagnosed with A.S. October 8, 2013 after many years of unexplained pain. It all started in my 20s when I had low back pain. As a hairdresser, I would think my back pain was due to my job, being on my feet all day and leaning over the shampoo bowls. After I had my kids it got worse. I had a MRI on low back and said I had a small issue with my L5-S1 disk. Then tendonitis on my left thumb(non-cutting hand) and tennis elbow. Major female pain and problems that lead to a hysterectomy. Both knees scoped due to meniscus tears not knowing how it happened. I always had neck pain that eventually generated into right arm pain, tingling and numbness in thumb & index finger. I had a MRI that resulted in two disks removed and fused with a titanium plate with 6 screws. After that it was a downward spiral. Multiple ER trips with excruciating pain. All the doctors would say nothing is wrong. I felt like I was CRAZY. I could no longer hold a job and I was extremely depressed. I received a steroid shot in my SI joint in May that was amazing. That is when my new doctor ordered some blood tests. They came back with high inflammatory levels and HLA-B27 positive. I was then sent to a rheumatologist that knew exactly what was wrong.. That was a little over a week ago. He has put me on Meloxicam 7.5mg twice a day and Enbrel once a week which I just started two days ago. I’m hopeful that the Enbrel will help. The meloxicam has helped with the inflammation. I still have quite a bit of pain. I don’t know any body with this disease and I feel all alone. I am some what relieved to know I’m NOT crazy, but at the same time, I’m very scared. I would love to be able to correspond with someone that understands what I’m going through. Thanks for reading (listening).

Colorado, United States of America

 


One Response to “Jerrie Hall”

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

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