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3 jaw surgeries in one year?!

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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) effects each person differently.  There's no magic cure for those of us that are living with this disease.  It's a trail and error of medication and sometimes changing your life style.  There are some "common" things that happen in those of us with AS such as--

The main similarities that can occur with any type of spondyloarthritis are:
Inflammation in the pelvis and spine that usually causes inflammatory back painPain and/or swelling of any other joint in the body (hips, knees, ankles, feet, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, etc.)Uveitis/iritis , the rapid onset of marked pain and redness in one eye at a timePsoriasis skin rashInflammation in the intestine (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, undifferentiated colitis)Dactylitis, or “sausage digits”, the inflammation along the tendons of the finger or toesEnthesitis, inflammation where tendons and ligaments meet the bone; this commonly occurs at the back or bottom of the heel. Pain and/or swelling…

Weight loss/gain/bloating/gassiness.....

Don’t confuse inflammation with weight gain/loss and/or bloating
Just let that sink in a minute.  Some have already stopped reading...if you're wanting knowledge and education of inflammatory disease...continue on...
Let me just begin this post by saying…yes! I’m going to make some of you mad and you’ll probably unfollow me on social media…I don’t really care. In a world of be careful what you say or post-- In a world of #metoo--- In a world of “political correctness”---- I see a LOT of folks saying (posting pictures) look at all this inflammation I had and now look at me.Yes!I see you’ve lost WEIGHT, but I do NOT see inflammation.So to kick off this New Year full of get your gut right, drink my drink and/or join the gym and everything will be perfect in your life
STOP! JUST! STOP!
You are actually insulting those of us who truly suffer from an inflammatory disease; those of us who are PRESCRIBED the only thing that will help with inflammation.Do I believe that your gut health is im…

Loving being a grandmom and still hating AS!

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Those of us living with this horrific disease would love to be able to say.....I’M CURED!  Instead we just keep on “doing life” the best we know how!

Seems I had a lot of comments asking questions about “how to help”....well, first let me say that I’m not a doctor.  This blog is intended to give those of us who suffer information and knowledge about AS, and let’s face it, it’s basically things happening with me and things I learn from others!  It’s all about sharing and very important that we realize that we all present differently and sometimes even have differing symptoms and pains!  But the more we share and get the word out there about AS, the better our care will be!  
Some comments have been how to help without medicine.  Folks—-I’m not sure you can do that!  How do you manage a disease without medicine?  Find a good rheumy and get on a drug protocol that will MANAGE your AS.  Sometimes you go through a LOT of trail and error finding what will bring you relief, but definitely ge…

living life to the fullest with AS

AS has my body, and NOT me!

I usually end with this, but today It's going to be the beginning!!  I'm still dealing with the "healing process" from the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.  I still struggle with the feeling of something in my throat!  I'm continually learning more and more about this horrible disease!  It would be much easier if it just affected one part of my body!!  NOPE!  Instead AS just continually gets more and more of me!

Since my last post, we've had some exciting family events.  My youngest got married to a Coast Guardsman who we love!  This 2nd son in our family is a perfect addition.  Thankfully they aren't stationed too far away either!  I'm that mom that would love her family to just all live on the same property LOL!  The wedding was beautiful!  Thankfullly AS didn't rear it's ugly head until the day after--and when it did--WHOA!  Talk about the worst day EVERRRRRRR!  Literally thought I was going to die!  Th…

when your DR says, "you are making my brain hurt"

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The moment the ophthalmologist puts his hands on the side of his head and says, “you’re making my brain hurt”.Have you ever had this happen while at the specialist for a recurring visit? I have! AS is in my eyes!
Living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has certainly been a challenge. When you’re diagnosed they really don’t tell you all that can happen.Basically, they just tell you about the potential for spinal fusion. They leave out that AS can damage every joint in your body!They leave out that AS can affect your eyes, your heart, your lungs, can cause inflammation behind your vocal box (not fun for this singer) and yes, can cause death.
Why is it that so much information isn’t shared when you’re diagnosed?One reason is simply that some doctors aren’t fully aware of what AS is and does.Another reason is there is too much old data and information out there.And lastly, AS effects each person differently.Autoimmune diseases are complicated and hard to diagnose. There are those living w…

why I blog? just my struggle and story! hoping to help someone!

You may wonder why I blog about this life-long Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) journey that I’m on.I didn’t just start right when I was diagnosed.It took me some time to understand what I had just been told and also time to learn what exactly AS was.I couldn’t even pronounce it!Why do I have to deal with this for the remainder of my life?There were so many questions and still to this day, questions seem to arise.
My blogging started simply because there were a few of us AS folks who had “found” each other via the internet.We all seemed to have the same story to tell, but yet in some aspects our stories varied.The disease itself may vary, but we were all suffering and finding it hard to locate correct information about AS.We began sharing and even blogging on the same topics.Even when we all had the same topic, it seemed our “blogs” were different and helpful!
During that time of “group” blogging, I realized I needed to share my personal journey with AS.I wanted to help spread knowledge and …

Just trying to "do life" with AS and sometimes it's hard!

I think I always start with how long it’s been since my last post. Also if you are the grammar police, then don’t read anymore!I’m certainly horrible at grammar and spelling, and don’t need to be told!
The last several months have been a real struggle for me.In September I started having hives and I don’t just mean a little breakout.I’m talking covered from head to toe and even down my throat.Shots and steroids were given for what we thought was an allergic reaction….but to what?!So, I went off meds and started adding one at a time—NOTHING!Who knows what the cause was.So, I go for my SimponiAria infusion in October and a couple days later…BAM covered again!Shots and steroids and NO MORE SimponiAria. This has to be the cause.Granted I do NOT want to be COVERED in hives again, but this was the LAST TNF for me!I’ve been through all that are AS approved.This did not make me happy, because I knew what was in store for me.Those that don’t have a disease with no cure, have no idea!
My rheumy …