Hello my name is Kristi Mobray and here is my story…..
For almost all of my life I have been ill in one way or another and most of times I am was in a lot of pain. Dr’s have never been able to explain what is going on and I have never had a name to whatever it is that I am fighting and most of time I was told nothing was there and it was all in my head. The Dr.’s couldn’t find it so that made me crazy, makes perfect sense.
February 2015 I was told that I have Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and I was told things did not look good. By God’s grace alone, 45 days later they realized they had mis-diagnosed me!!! I was forever grateful that they figured this out sooner than later. Unfortunately this was after 84 vials of blood and 2 bone biopsies BUT I am SOOO Blessed this was not the case!
In November 2015 after more testing and even a negative HLS-B27 the put all the puzzle pieces together and I finally now know that I have a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. The rheumatologist I started with was insistent that we should start with the minor medications even though I had actually already been put on all of theses at least 10 times for the amount of pain I was in, and I can not even count the number of times I was given a stupid prescription for Prednisone, even tho I was in so much pain sitting in the Dr.’s office that I was sitting there shaking. Of course it did not do anything, The next new med he put me on was Sulfasalazine, EVEN THOUGH I have a known noted allergy to Sulfa. Well after 3 weeks that put me in the hospital at 31 years old with borderline tachycardia. Then he finally put me on Methotrexate and things finally started to make an improvement. Luckily this Dr decided he no longer wanted to see me and it took 8 months for me to find a rheumatologist that was accepting new patients.
My new Dr. decided I was still in to much pain and she wanted to try me on Humira as well as Methotrexate. I about have a heart attack when I found out the cost but I am very blessed to have phenomenal insurance. Finally, I am in the least amount of pain I have been in, in almost 14 years. These medications gave me my quality of life back. I since have found out that I most likely have had the disease since I was 8 and that I was very lucky at how slow it has progressed.
I have been very blessed and I am forever grateful to have my life back!
Arizona, United States of America