Karla Fernandez

I am a 35 year-old veterinary internal medicine/oncology nurse (technician) in San Mateo CA. In 2003, I was diagnosed with idiopathic hypertension 2 years post a surgical removal of a cystic terratoma that engulfed my right ovary and had to be removed. Since that time, no one could tell me why I had hypertension, anemia, and headaches. 5 years went by and I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out why I was not feeling better. In 2008, I started to have debilitating migraines, right leg pain and sciatica, I went to a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a cardiologist, and still no answers. The ortho MD recommended an MRI, and since then the pain has progressed. I went to rheumatologist, a finally a working diagnosis after a CT, MRI, bloodwork, and countless history. Autoimmune Arthritis Spondyloarthropathy -> Ankylosing Spondylitis -> UCTD. I failed Humira, Enbrel, Prednisone, Sacroiliac injections, and now on to a new plan. I have hypertension,TMJ, chronic bi-lateral sacroilitis, effusion, and the stuff that tries to keep me from living my life. I live to help animals and people. I now walk/jog to keep my mobility, but the pain keeps me in a battle of mind over matter.

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One Response to “Karla Fernandez”

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

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