JoAnn Beldue

Hi my name is JoAnn Beldue I am 38 years old and live in Rochester NY.    I was recently diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in June of 2012.  I was diagnosed through blood test and Xray.  I wasn’t having too many symptoms or if I was they were not too bad and I guess I was used to it if you will.  I had 3 cases of Uveitis.  The first one was in 1997.  I had my second one in the summer of 2010 and the third the summer of 2011.  I had blood work done and tested positive for HLA B27.  My Dr then ordered an Xray which confirmed the Ankylosing Spondylosis.  I saw the Rheumatologist in June and he diagnosed me.  He told me I could start Meloxicam to relieve symptoms and help prevent the disease from progressing.  I didn’t think I was having symptoms until I learned more about the disease and of course now that I am more aware of it.  The past 3 years I have been having a lot of neck and upper back pain.  I assumed it was from my occupation, but now wonder.  I had an Xray last week of my neck and upper back to see.  I have always had some kind of back pain which started when I was around 16 or 17.  I also started experiencing hip pain around 2010 which would be off and on again.

I feel so fortunate that I have not had severe symptoms of the disease as of yet and pray for a cure.

New York United States of America

One Response to “JoAnn Beldue”

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

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