My name is Tammy Yard and I am in the group The Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have been struggling since 2007 with pain not knowing about AS.I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was a restaurant manager who worked 40-48 hours a week. I am also a wife and mother of two beautiful children. For years I worked and did the housewife job as well. I have under gone 5 arthroscopic knee surgeries and a partial knee replacement in Dec 2012. In 2013 the pain in my legs were beginning to get worse. I would have severe burning in my legs, feet and have sciatica. I had an EMG and an MRI. The MRI showed spondylitis but no fusing and spinal stenosis. The rheumy didn’t really do anything but suggests NSAIDS. I decided to see a pain specialist and so she did an SI injection which didn’t do anything. A month later she decided it should have an epidural injection at my L5. Upon doing that injection she saw on the X-ray that my L5 had severe bone over growth and she couldn’t get the needle through. After that we spoke and she said I need a new rheumy and Humira. I am set up with a new rheumy but the appt isn’t til July 22. The pain specialist said this seems to be AS. I have all the symptoms and my bone has significant changes. I have PsA as well and she said in her experience they go hand in hand. She said I would most likely test positive for HLA-B27 gene because I have several auto immune issues.
I joined The Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis because nobody I know in my personal life can relate to what I go through from day to day. I had to stop working Aug 2012. We are struggling financially and have just had over $5500 in car repairs. It’s a very stressful time so it is a reliever to have other people who go through similar situations and to draw strength from them. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I look forward to talking in the future. God Bless you for all you do.
This is my husband Scott and I. He is a huge support system for me. He is a prison guard for our State Psychiatric Prison. There are all kinds of inmates from minor stays in jail to molesters to murderers to very mentally ill and volatile inmates. He works an extremely dangerous job and you never know what each day can bring. He works so hard to take care of us and the kids. Besides my kids he is the main reason I am able to keep fighting through this and be the best mom and wife possible.
Thank you again for taking the time I get to know my story and family.
Massachusetts, United States of America