I am a “face” of AS!
I was diagnosed in 2008, after a car accident in 2006. I just didn’t feel I was getting better. After several trips to the chiropractor, it just wasn’t feeling better. I went to my primary care physician, who sent me for an MRI. After reviewing my MRI, she asked me to “humor” her and get the HLA-B27 test. It came back positive.
I take NSAIDS regularly, and am trying to wean myself off of medications. I have had some success, since I know that too many NSAIDS and other meds will affect the organs. I am a fighter, and I will succeed. I fight pain every day, and sometimes it gets very frustrating.
I always feel better when I keep a bit more active, otherwise “rigor mortis” sets in, but I do get tired very easily. The double-edged sword.
I have always had back problems since the day I was born, and now it is nice to be able to put a name to a “face”.
Marie McLoud, 44
Denver, Colorado, United States of America