Julie Woloszyn

Hi my name is Julie and I am a 48 year old mother of 3.  I have 2 daughters, 21 and 23, in college and a 13 year old son that is a ball of energy.  My husband is the most caring and understanding man on earth.  I have AS.  I found out about 3 months ago but have been suffering from the symptoms since I was very young.  I have lived with so much pain for the past 10+ years.  No one could tell me what was wrong.  I have always known the pain I feel was linked one way or another.  I have been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, bulging disk at L and C level disk, Cervical Neuralgia, SI joint dysfunction, Occipital Neuralgia, acute/chronic migraines, muscle spasms, Trigeminal Neuralgia, depression, anxiety, fibro neuralgia, and the list goes on.   Every doctor I saw seemed to treat me for one of these conditions but would never look at the big picture.   Nothing provided me with pain relief except for maybe a massage and that was very temporary.   I have been unable to work now for approximately 3 years.    Most doctors treated me like I was just looking for pain medication which I was not.  I wanted to know what was wrong and I wanted it fixed.  Finally about 2 years ago I went to a doctor who believed I was having all of these problems.  He was persistent in trying to find out what was going on.   After several test and several specialist, he finally sent me to a nationally ranked Rheumatologist and he diagnosed me on the first visit even before the blood results were in.   It was scary at first to find out what I had but I was finally happy to know I wasn’t just crazy and that what I have is real.  I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense; knowing something was wrong but not knowing what was so frustrating.   I was put on 3 different types of medication and after just the first month I was spending less days in bed unable to function and now I actually have hope that I may still have a chance at enjoying life, to some degree, again.   I have always been very active and the past 3 years of not being able to do even the simplest of task has been very depressing.  I still have bad days and I still have pain daily but it is much better than it was 3 months ago.  I am sorry for anyone else out there that is suffering from AS but I am glad I am not alone.

Tennessee United States of America

One Response to “Julie Woloszyn”

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

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