Mary Dugan

Face 927My name is Mary Dugan. I am 50 years old. I was diagnosed with AS about 10 years ago. After joining some wonderful support groups on Facebook recently I have come to the conclusion that the first signs of it was showing 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my third child. Terrible back pains during that time. Of course I wrote it off as just being pregnant. Then as I was a mother of young kids carrying them around it only stood to reason that my back would hurt. My fourth pregnancy was when I was 37 I had very painful hips and back! Again just brushed it off as being old and pregnant!! About 5 years later I got to the point where I was having a very difficult time moving. Hurting all the time and taking Advil many times through the day. I finally asked a coworker one day “if I am like this in my 40’s what am I going to be like in my 70’s”. That is when I decided to see the doctor. I was sent to a rheumy who over time was able to come up with the diagnosis of AS after degeneration showed up on X-rays. since then like every other face of AS I have battled the decisions on medications and treatments, had flares and stable times. I am grateful to have found support groups recently. A lot of things that have been going on I have read in other people’s post. It is wonderful to discover I am not alone in this journey.

North Carolina, United States of America

One Response to “Mary Dugan”

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

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