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Hi, I am new to this forum.
I am 28 and I was diagnosed with AS around 2 years ago. Since then it has repidly gotten worse and my 'flare ups' are getting longer and more servere, to the point where it is affecting my quality of life.
On a good day I am still able to train at martial arts, which i have done for around 20 years, and i find actually makes me feel better and my attacks a lot less frequent. I have been told by my Doctor that this is fine, but if i feel any pain or discomfort i should stop the excersize i am doing, and completely avoid this type of excersize during a flare up.
On the other hand, during a flare up I am usually only about to go about my day to day life in extreme pain and discomfort.
My Rheumatologist has insisted that I should use Certolizumab (Cimzia) which she describes as a wonder drug to slow down the progression of my AS (She even goes as far as to say that most patients have lost most symptoms of AS within a few weeks).
I just wanted to know if anyone here has taken this drug, as I am concerned about the possible side effects that may come from killing off your immune system.
Any advice would be greatly apprecited, thanks.
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