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I am a 55 yo female. My AS started in the top of my hand, a few months later my heel became affected. March 2018 I had an elevated ANA and was referred to a rheumatologist. Since my AS diagnosis two months ago I feel as though I've aged 20 years. Since that time my knees are horrible, my right shoulder is painful, the tops of my feet hurt and my right hip and back hurt. I walk like a 90 year old. I'm on my third anti-inflammatory. Last Friday I started on Enbrel injections.
My question for you all is...
Can I expect to feel better some day? I've heard a lot about bone fusing. Is this something I will have to deal with in the future? I've read that Enbrel (and like drugs) hopes to SLOW the disease. I asked my doctor and she said that the hope is to stop the disease. What do you all, actual patients find is the truth?
I am the cool grandma and I want to stay that way! : )
Any help would be appreciated!
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