Just here to introduce myself, I got diagnosed with AS and was taking celebrex 200mg on and off for some time.
I think I'm ready to accept this disease and understand it could incur complications. Celebrex seems to work for me but I only seem to take it when I'm in tremendous pain. I know I should probably take it on a regular basis, but the risk of heart problems scare me.....ironic isn't it, and I'm a smoker and worried about my heart.
The disease itself for me isn't a major problem, I should stretch more often, take my meds everyday and I even missed my last rheum appointment and will have to reschedule on monday.
The major problem I have now is the constant worrying and anxiety however, there is a support group in victoria that I might join. It's 15 dollar membership per year and they do things like, meet up, have dinner events etc.
I am 26 now and have known about having AS for 3 years now, however the back pain suggests I have had it for much longer.
I am returning study this year and will probably be there for the next 3 years and may decide to move on to uni, all depends on where I am at with this disease.
Just a question....Can people with AS or RA live normal lives? Should I be looking into my future career and study? or will I die before I have a chance to actually "live"?
Thanks for the opportunity to let me introduce myself and have a small vent, hoping to get some answers from the "real" experts such as us that actually suffer from the condition and not vague answers and poor info from doctors.