My name is Orla Mulqueen. I live in Co.Clare, Ireland. I was finally diagnosed with A.S. 5 years ago when I was 39. A Physiotherapist my father recommended referred me to a rheumatologist as she felt the stiffness in my joints could be a type of rheumatoid arthritis. There is no history of A.S. in my family. I had never heard of A.S. I have bulging discs & my lower back pain had been attributed to this by a back specialist. The pain in my ribs, the stiffness, the tiredness … My GP asked me was I depressed?? I had chronic pain & my elderly mother had more energy than me… It was such a relief to get a diagnosis & not to feel foolish looking for answers.
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Ireland, United Kingdom