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Going to school with AS....
#265061 03/18/14 11:07 PM
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Okay, so I'm currently getting my Master's degree and all this back pain started at the same time that I started school. My classes are 1-2 times a week, 4 hours each. We probably get at least 1 break in each class, sometimes 2 breaks that are only 15-20 minutes long. It is very difficult for me to sit that long, with or without AS, but I find it more difficult because of the pain. My school does have lumbar support chairs, but you have to go through a lot of channels to get access to one.

Does anyone have any suggestions to help me? I have tried using a pillow, taking aspirin before class starts, walking around, but it doesn't seem to do the trick. Help me!!


DX: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Dec 31, 2013
HLA-B27 +
Meds: Humira (40 mg/every other week, Sulfasalazine (3000 mg/ a day), Tylenyol Arthritis as needed, Flexiril or Metaxalone as needed
Pain in SI joints/low back, left hip, and left knee.
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ElizWithAS #265086 03/19/14 08:51 PM
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welcome!

i really don't have any advice/suggestions. have you tried a cushion? i know they make support ones and some with gel in them. just a thought. i am in school too, but my classes are only an hour and 15 minutes long, i find it hard to sit through them because of the pain too. I can't imagine a 4 hour class!


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ElizWithAS #265087 03/19/14 09:32 PM
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Could you ask your professors if they would allow you to stand up for 5-10 minutes once an hour? Maybe have a desk at the back of the room so it wouldn't be too distracting. You could still listen to the lecture and take notes while standing. You could bring a note from your doctor explaining your condition and how the standing up would be helpful.


Ginny - 58 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis, both currently in remission
unicompartmental knee replacements: right-June 2014, left-Aug 2018
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Celebrex as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Culturelle probiotic, Melatonin (as needed)
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ElizWithAS #265099 03/20/14 02:46 AM
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I always talked to my professors at the beginning of the semester to notify them that I have health conditions that cause GI problems and joint pain, and that I would at times need to take frequent bathroom breaks, breaks to walk around, or might need to stand at the back of the class. Everyone was always understanding, because I approached them about it before it was an "issue" and before they had drawn their own conclusions about my frequent exits from the room. I was also considerate of doing my best to create the least classroom disturbance possible.


Mary, 25, happily married pro photographer, momma to 2 great danes.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Sjogren's, IBS, Hiatal Hernia, & possible Endometriosis.
Meds: Stelara, Methotrexate, Relafen, Omeprazole, Lyrica, Tizanidine, Voltaren Gel, Tramadol
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ElizWithAS #265109 03/20/14 09:07 PM
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For the most part, I have noticed that walking is far better than simply standing. I notice that just standing creates more pain than the walking does. I'll probably start exiting the classroom for a quick walk down the hallway to loosen up!


DX: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Dec 31, 2013
HLA-B27 +
Meds: Humira (40 mg/every other week, Sulfasalazine (3000 mg/ a day), Tylenyol Arthritis as needed, Flexiril or Metaxalone as needed
Pain in SI joints/low back, left hip, and left knee.
Re: Going to school with AS....
ElizWithAS #265300 03/29/14 12:12 AM
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I am certainly not a 20 something, but I have some advice. Think about your limitations from AS when doing your career planning. I have a desk job that allows me to move around periodically which is key for AS.


Male, mid 50s, Dx Reactive Arthritis 1981. AS+ 1991, HLA B27+, Tylenol 3 PRN for flares. Considering a biologic. SI and thoracic involvement and costochondritis. Many bouts of uveitis. Some bowel issues, anemia. Inflammation of the joints in hands and feet.
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ElizWithAS #267397 06/25/14 04:17 AM
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Every university has a student disability office. They can help you with a reasonable accommodation, whether it's to get a chair with lumbar support, allowing you to leave class every so often, or even to get a fellow classmate to take notes for you when you have to leave. I worked in my university's office and really so long as the student was proactive, the university would do whatever they could to accommodate them.


Rachel
ANA+, HLA-B27+, started Remicade June 2008, switched to Enbrel September 2010, switched to Humira April 2011, stopped biologics September 2011. Fusion already started, 25 years old.

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