Hi, my name is Rose, and I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Sacrolititis. All these conditions are excruciating on a daily basis, I find sleeping hard as it affects the whole of my body.
Ankylosing Spondylitis affects my neck, spine, and hips, causing pain, and my fibromyalgia can flare up, making everything hurt. Dealing with osteoarthritis makes my knees, hands, ankles, and feet swell up all the time.
Every morning I have problems getting out of bed; it takes me over an hour to get myself moving properly because my whole body is stiff. I find walking helps, but my body will hurt at the end of it, so it’s a catch 22 with everything I do.
All this is something I have to live with, and I am trying to change my eating habits and eating more healthily. The doctors have told me to try and lose some weight because being overweight has put more strain on my body.
I do try and treat myself with the odd bit of chocolate, and I don’t drink anymore because I found it makes my illness worse. It took the doctors a few years to find out what was wrong with me, which was upsetting because I kept getting told I was too young to have arthritis even though it runs in my family.
After many appointments at the doctors and hospital, one doctor sent me for an MRI scan and that’s when the doctors told me what was wrong with me. I ended up being put on steroids by the hospital, which made me pile on the weight even more and made me feel rotten.
I couldn’t get on with the steroids as they made me ill for days, so now I don’t take them, and I am self-medicating. I buy CBD oil and Turmeric with black pepper, which I have found take away some of the pain. I get these from www.healthspan.co.uk online.
I have been told there is no cure for Fibromyalgia only treatment, which is pain killers, and general exercise and this can ease some of the symptoms, but this varies from person to person and also depends on how bad the flare-ups are.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that, over time, can cause the small bones of the spine to fuse. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in having a hunched forward posture.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is both an autoimmune type of arthritis and chronic inflammatory disease. It develops when your body attacks its healthy tissues. Using Turmeric can be really good for those with arthritis, which I have found works for me.
Dealing with Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of one or both of your joints situated where your lower spine and pelvis connect. I get pain in my buttocks or lower back, and it also extends into my legs when I have been standing for so long periods. This can cause all kinds of urinary issues also and isn’t pleasant.
My advice is to try and get walking to warm up all the body and help the muscles as it increases the blood flow all around the body. Every day is a challenge, but if I can help just one person when they read this to let them know they are not alone and by me sharing my journey, then this makes me happy.