Tara Northrop

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Hello, My name is Tara Northrop and I would like to tell you my story.

I started back pain when I was 15. I was told I had scoliosis and that I needed to loose weight, loosing weight would eliminate my pain. I went through pain everyday with no positive outlook. I felt like no one would listen to me. Every time I went to the doctors I was either told I needed to loose weight or my depression meds just needed to be readjusted.

It wasn’t until I turned 27 that I finally found a doctor who would listen to me. 2 months after I had my 3rd child I fell down the stairs at my apartment due to muscle spams in my lower back. I went and saw my new doctor and had x-rays done and come to find out I had a miss-aligned hip and 3 fused vertebrae in my lumbar spine. It was then that I heard the name Ankylosising Spondylitis. ( I have to mention too, that I also have excessive lumbar lordosis) I have been taking out of work because of the progression of this condition. The doctors should have started to do physical therapy and pain management a long time ago but because they had not it has progressed faster than it should have for someone of my age (or at least that’s what I have been told).

I have had 14 injections done for pain in my lower spine and just recently had 7 nerves burned in my lower back hoping to provide more of a permanent pain relief but it has not helped much.

I have 3 children 11, 7, and 2 are their ages. It is becoming harder and harder to care for my 2 year old and I find myself relying more on my 11 for help. I can’t bend over the tub to give my baby a bath anymore let alone go up and down my stairs to get him into and out of bed. I have a fiance but because he is the only one working right now he works a lot to pay the bills. I do not have any family near by to help me on my bad days so it’s almost like I have no choice but to deal with the pain and pray that I will be able to get up out of bed the next day.

Thank you for listening Tara Nortrop


New York, United States of America

One Response to “Tara Northrop”

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

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