I had an idea that I might have A.S through my own research when doctors wouldn't help me. When I actually put A.S out of my mind and decided not to bring it up to my new Rheumatologist because I had been told I needed to stay off google one too many times by previous doctors, family, and friends. I waited 5 years for an answer, and I was just told I have Ankylosing Spondylitis a few weeks ago. I feel an overwhelming number of emotions. First, I wanted to tell the world it was real and part of me was happy (is that weird)? but now I just find myself researching it all the time, I want to know everything about it, and I still haven't told my family. Yikes!! I find myself feeling isolated from everyone and just lost in the depths of the internet finding others out there going through the same thing, so I don't feel so alone! I feel they won't be very much support, but I really want them to know because I don't want their kids to inherit this terrible pain in the A.S. Anyway, what were some of the feelings you have had after your diagnosis?