My name is Rebecca Aleshire and I am from North Royalton, Ohio. I have had chronic pain throughout my entire body since I was 16. When I was 17 I noticed a lot of my pain tended to be in my lower back and down into my hips. I went to numerous doctors, some who told me it was all in my head, some who accused me of seeking drugs, and some who refused to believe that someone so young could be in so much pain on a daily basis. I finally found my current rheumatologist who actually listened to me and I finally received a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia when I was 18. When I was 20, my rheumalogist also diagnosed me with Ankylosing Spondylitis. I am now getting ready to turn 24. My throacic and lumbar spine have started to curve to the right but so far I don’t show any fusion. There are still so many unknowns for me with this disease and chronic pain has become my normal. Your group on facebook has helped me to learn more about A.S. and has helped me to feel like I have a voice and I’ve finally found people who can understand what I’m going through. Thank you!
Ohio, United States of America