I was diagnosed with AS when I was 23. I’m 50 now. Over the past 3 years, I have had 2 hip replacements and 1 knee replacement. I will be getting my other knee replaced in the next month. The past 30 years have been very challenging for me. I had to stop working at the age of 35 because my job was very physical and my hips and back were fusing so I couldn’t continue to work. Since my back has fused and after my joint replacements, the amount of pain I’m experiencing has decreased a lot plus being on Humira has been life-changing for me. I continue to fight this disease and try and live my life to the fullest. This past August I was fortunate enough to be able to go to see my favorite band, Iron Maiden, with my 2 sons which a few years ago seemed like it would only be a dream.
Arthritis Journeys is a collection of submissions by community members who have been touched with arthritis in their lives. Arthritis National Research Foundation does not endorse any medical claims or product endorsements made in these posts. Please always consult a medical professional before making any changes to your treatment plan, including medications and diet and exercise routines.