After my knee replacement in dec 07, I thought I would be up and running around feeling better - able to do more with the new knee. Little did I realize how this surgery would completely change my life. I came down with RSD/CRPS in my knee about 3 months after the surgery. This is an chronic autoimmune disease that gives me constant burning pain, swelling, sweating, limited movement of my knee. After 1 year of trying to get my knee to bend, it still will not and I still have the constant pain. Thank goodness I was accepted for disability since I cannot stand, walk, or sit for any length of time. Then in Feb of 09, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis - a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. . I had a MRI in 04 with signs of this disease, but I put it to the back of my head and did not really have any severe illness signs I could put my figure on that would point to it. A check up in 08 discovered more lesions and symptoms then pointed to the diagnoses of MS. I am still trying to come to grips with this diagnoses. But now in May of 09, I am diagnosed again with another chronic autoimmune disease - Ankylosing Spondylitis arthritis. This is a chronic, progressive, painful rheumatic disease that mainly affects the spine - but can also affect other joints, tendons and ligaments. It can also affect your eyes, lungs, bowels, etc also. This explains why I hurt so bad in my hips, lower back and hands. This disease eventually fuses your spine together. I worry about this disease as my spine is already fused in some areas due to scoliosis I had as a child.
I cant help wonder if all of these are connected in some way together and why I have come down with all of these. Why did this all start after my knee surgery? I can't let it beat me - every day is a battle to move and keep the pain down. I am not the same person I was 2-1/2 years ago - I miss that person. My goal is to somehow regain my life back and live the rest of my life being able to accomplish simple everyday activities.