June 20, 2019
Question for those with AS who have children who were also diagnosed:
How did you explain to your kid(s) what AS is and what to expect?
June 26, 2019
I don’t have kids so I don’t have to worry about answering that to kids. I explained to my siblings as a back issue in which I feel a lot of pain. That it’s another auto immune disease. As I have ankylosing spondylitis
Jed Finley Moderator
August 9, 2019
Thanks for sharing that. When it comes to explaining to the kids in my life, saying "I have a bad back" is about all I feel I can give them.
Brooke Abbott Moderator
July 9, 2019
We talk about limitations mostly. As my son has gotten older, I've introduced more science into the conversation.
But I also include him in conversations with my doctors. He's allowed to ask questions or voice concerns. I believe open communication is vital.
(ankylosingspondylitis.net Team Member)
August 5, 2019
I have vitiligo, another auto immune disease. My son has had back problems since his 20’s and now has vitiligo. I just know he has AS and hate that for him. He has not been tested.
Lawrence "Rick" Phillips Moderator
August 6, 2019
I do hope your son will find his way to a rheumatologist if he needs one. I am sure that with your help he will realize the need for an in depth consultation.
Rick (Site Moderator)
Auldyn Matthews-McGee Moderator
August 16, 2019
I just had a baby last year, and my husband has AS. I'm very nervous for her, and I'm not sure when we should get her tested for the genetic marker. I know girls are less likely than boys, but I still worry.