Tiffany Dugger

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My name is Tiffany. I live in Washington state and I am 32 years old. I was first diagnosed with AS when I was 22. The rheumatologist  wanted to start me on TNF-a blockers ASAP but I wanted to have babies so I ignored my diagnosis and tried to live with the pain. After successfully having two children (not without many hardships including miscarriages, preeclampsia, and premature babies) I decided it was time to seek the care I needed. I was started on Humira which seemed to work for 6 months before it lost effectiveness. I then tried Remicade and it seemed to work well for quite some time but my reactions to it got worse each time. I’ve now been on Cimzia for around 8 months and seem to be doing ok. I am fusing at L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1. I also have severe arthritis in my hip and constant pain in my SI joints and neck. My gastroenterologist also
believes I have Crohns of my upper GI. I take high doses of Nabumetone to help with inflammation since others I have tried didn’t do the trick and I hope that doesn’t completely destroy my stomach.

Even with all this being said, I don’t regret waiting to get treatment. I’m thankful for my blessings. Shortly after having my second child I had to have a hysterectomy due to problems believed to be related to AS and my “parts”. I couldn’t imagine not having my babies.

Next week I am being scheduled to ‘burn’ the nerve endings in my facets in the areas mentioned above. I hope it helps with the pain so that I continue to live MY life.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. You all kick AS(s)!

Tiffany Dugger

Washington, United States of America


One Response to “Tiffany Dugger”

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

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