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Beginning My Journey with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Chronic Pain

I am a 60-year-old man. I have been looking for answers to all the pain I have been having for the last 2 years.

My rheumatologist who I have met with 3 times prior has finally given me a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

She has increased my Naproxin medication to help with the pain. I am still trying to maintain a maintenance job, but it gets more and more difficult.

My journey of chronic pain is beginning. Not looking forward to this.

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  • notpainfree
    2 weeks ago

    I’m 57 had it most of my life, as long as you don’t let yourself get out of shape the hardest thing will be getting out of bed in the morning, hurts to get up hurts more to stay in bed.
    I’ve had other complications which were effected by AS but another story.
    My son has AS also and at onset of it I told him stay active do yoga and or swim in a warm therapy pool.

  • Lawrence "Rick" Phillips moderator
    2 weeks ago

    I have often said that being diagnosed was the most important step in my AS journey. I hope you will take a deep breath and realize that now you have the diagnosis options will open up to you for treatment.

    Stay in close touch with you rheumatologist and always look forward. Life is wonderful and it is still great with AS.

    I wish you the very best and please let us know how you are doing. you have a load of new friends here.

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