Tracey Montalto

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Hello, My name is Tracey Montalto. I am a married 33 year old mother of two children and reside in NJ. I was diagnosed with AS  about 7 years ago. I believe my symptoms began slowly after I was hospitalized with Mono/Epstein Barr when I was 15 years old. By 20 years old I had lower back pain that stopped me in my tracks. After being refused an MRI by a dr., Because he didn’t believe my back pain was legit, I allowed years to pass without seeing a GP. Had horrible sciatica pain in 2007/2008 during my 1st pregnancy and Had worse sciatica pain with my second pregnancy 2008/2009 which also brought on numbness and tingling in my extremities. Once I had my son(2009),my symptoms seem to have progressed, which brought me to a chiropractor. After one month of chiropractic visits and having aggravated the situation. My chiropractor sent me to a spine specialist for an MRI, which resulted in a referral to a rheumatologist. I had Inflammation and damage in my SI Joints, was HLBA-27 positive, and had red flags in all inflammation markers and blood levels to Diagnose AS!
At 26 years old, I was diagnosed with AS! In the 7 years since, I have struggled through physical therapies,  specialists, er visits, and countless medicines and still have not found any type of long term relief. I do my best to stay positive and keep it moving on a daily basis. I hope through awareness and research, AS will some day be cured.

New Jersey, United States of America

One Response to “Tracey Montalto”

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

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