Annabelle started to become ill with recurrent tonsillitis aged 3. She had 22 episodes of bacterial tonsillitis in 3 years, all requiring antibiotics. She was also hospitalised for some of the episodes. At 5 a tonsillectomy was performed.
Despite the tonsillectomy she still had fevers, sore throats, nasal sores, multiple mouth ulcers and nausea every 7 days, for 7 days. She was referred to rheumatolgy and immunology. She had bloods sent for genetics and Annabelle was diagnosed with periodic fever syndrome. The treatment was a high dose of steroids with each fever and to stay on permanent antibiotics. The steroids stopped working after a few months but left Annabelle susceptible to bone problems. A tumble from a curb left her in plaster for 5 months. She was then placed on an immunosuppressant medication to dampen down her immune system. Her fevers come and go with all the symptoms on a regular basis. The drug however has reduced the amount of time she has each episode for. Annabelle loses at least one week of schooling each month as she is too ill to attend. She also suffers from duodenal ulcer disease and vomits regularly despite 3 different medications taken 4 times a day. She suffers from chronic migraine and sees a neurologist. A migraine lasts 24 hours and she is unable to stand any light, noise and can’t eat at all.