Tammy LaPlume

I’m 42 years old and was just diagnosed July 2013. for years I’ve had back problems and issues with my eyes flaring up. I was seeing doctor after doctor, chiropractors and physical therapists from time I was 15. They said I was just out of alignment and do these exercises.

I saw an optometrist for yet another flare in my eye in January 2009 in VT where the high was -3, 0 or 3. it was super cold. She told me it was an allergic reaction to a black fly bite…. in the dead of winter in January!? I got smart and went to an ophthalmologist who diagnosed me with epi scleritis. We moved back to NJ and I was just tired of hearing the same things and was hopeful for a new doctor. I saw a new primary who recommended that I see a rheumatologist, which I did. It just so happened there was an A.S clinical trial going on. The rheumy said I exhibited the symptoms and enrolled me in the trial. lo and behold, I finally had a diagnosis at the age of 39 and after 23+ years of suffering.

Now I’m on Remicade and so glad that I finally have a diagnosis and I know that I’m not crazy!

New Jersey, United States of America

One Response to “Tammy LaPlume”

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

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