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Hi, I'm 37yrs just been diagnosed with AS. I suffer from back pain mostly during the night and waking up, although have recently started having pains in my hand, arm and feet, so not sure if this is the AS. I also have neck and head pain which i think is due to a disk herniation C5/6. Have tired naproxen which helped with the pain but had stomach cramps and made me very sleepy. Dr prescribed Arcoxia, so far no side effects but i still feel pain with this. I only take medication when I feel the pain is really.. I have pain daily but kind of get used to it.. plus i have good and bad days. Dr wants to put me on Benepali weekly injections... although I wonder if I'm that bad to start this kind of medication. Dr said it will stop AS progressing. So i am in two minds if I should go ahead with this... I'm already overweight and worried about weight gain. Also, I'm always very tired.. so worried if i will feel even more tired. I have a 9yr old.. single parent, working part time.. 2/3 days a week. So the days I'm off I can sleep if I need to, and rest. I recently applied for a job in my team and was successful...more money however it is full time and the job is quite stressful as with my current role. My worry is working full time and what if I can't cope with the tiredness and being it's office job sitting down all day... will my back pain increase, and then dealing with any side effects from the Benepali. I haven't signed the new contract yet as have my reservations .. money over quality of life plus won't have as much time with my son. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you
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