Tony F.




My name is Tony F., I am 32 years old, and I have AS.  I first started showing signs of AS when I was 13 years old by having serious back pain issues.  When I was 15 I starting having different pains on top of the back pain; in my feet, chest wall, hips, and muscles.  I went to 5 different doctors at 4 different hospitals and none of them could tell me why I was having this pain or what was causing it.  I had MRIs done and not a thing was found from them.  The doctors started guessing at what I had and at one point and gave me a picc line as they thought I had a serious infection in my hip, turns out, I didn’t.  From age 15-25 the pain came and went, sometimes I had good days, sometimes I had horrible days.  I ended up missing a month of work at one point in time.  Then when I was 25 years old, I developed this golf ball sized lump on the middle of my spine that hurt tremendously.  I went to my normal physician and he did not know what it was so he sent me off to have X-rays done.  While the radiologist was looking at my X-rays, he noticed that one side of my hip was fused together.  From that point, it was determined that I might have AS.  I was sent to a rheumatoid arthritis doctor, and I was in fact diagnosed with AS.  I thought I had every symptom of AS until in 2010 my eye started burning and was oh so sensitive to light.  Come to find out, I had yet another symptom of AS, Iritis.  Not fun.

I am currently on Enbrel, seeing a specialist in Chicago semi-annually, and trying to exercise so that I can lead a normal life as much as possible.


Thank you-


Illinois, United States of America

One Response to “Tony F.”

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

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