Ankylosing Spondilitis and me - UPDATE 12/16/13!Submitted by The Pen on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 04:00
I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 4. I have had run-ins and flare-ups in my 35 years, some serious and some fleeting. February 2005 saw me off work for a month with knees swollen the size of cantaloupes; drained three times to levels that astounded my Rheumatologist.
In 2011 I gave up on Medicine and Big Pharma. I was taking Enbrel at $100/shot/week self administered. I decided to make my own cure and became Vegan. I have had very minor if any problems since but for the last two weeks my right elbow has been seized to the hindrance of expansion limited to 150% of 180%. One thing my "condition" has taught me: pain doesn't hurt as bad as a quiet conscience.
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So the physicians assistant feels my elbow is an injury of the tendon surrounding the elbow (Tennis Elbow), which is causing acute pain in the forearm and is also aggravating the slight onset of carpal tunnel in my right arm. In the past 8 years, this is the FIRST time I've seen a "Physicians Assistant" and have received more positive feedback and care without the mention of drugs...I knew it wasn't related to my "supposed" AS...best news in years and was thrilled he didn't pull out the prescription card.