Stacy Lynn Perdue

My name is Stacy Lynn Perdue. I am a 44 year old woman with ankylosing spondylitis. I was just recently diagnosed, but I have had it for YEARS! It all started when I was 18 and my then bf, now ex husband and father to my only daughter, pushed me down a flight of stairs that was concrete. From that day forward I had back problems. But I always thought it was just that, back problems. It got worse after my daughter was born and I told myself it was from the epidural and they told me it might do this. I can remember it taking me twenty min to get from the bed to the bathroom that was in the same room with me. I would cry and cry. It was awful. I hate to even admit this, but I found things to ‘numb’ my pain and I eventually became a addict. I would clean up at times in my life then go right back. It numbed me emotionally, and physically and I needed that so badly. Time marches on, I waste my life and at 32 finally clean up for good. I have not had anything sine July 2007. I began hurting so bad in 2016 that I could not handle it anymore. Between the migraines and my back I literally thought I was slowly dying. I finally got my headaches under control and learned to live with the back pain, because everywhere I went said I was fine. Everything looks good. Finally, a couple months ago, I get told that I have AS. Not just positive for AS, but HLA-B27 positive! What made me the most mad, was that there was a report on both a MRI and a CT scan stating how my back was fused together at the bottom, but no one said one single word!!! Now, I fin out it is fused bad going both ways on bottom and the middle is in third stage. I started humira about six weeks ago, a lot of my pain is finally going away. I am so thankful, but I also am still very upset that it took this long and so many doctors ignored me. At this point, I am doing my best to look at it like maybe from here on out I can just try and have the best quality of life possible.

Georgia, United States of America

One Response to “Stacy Lynn Perdue”

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

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