Just Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis
X-ray evidence of ankylosing spondylitis
On my second appointment, they took me through the diagnosis of AS, showed me images of a spine with AS, then showed me mine. I have classic bamboo spine and my neck vertebrae look like they are melting.
Amazingly enough, this is the first time I had ever heard of this disease and the first time anyone attributed it to me. More amazing is that I blew out my L5S1 four years ago and my doctor said aside from the disc I had herniated (which still had better than 50% of the disc intact) I had the spine of a 30 year old.
My diagnosis explains pain from the past
I even had a discectomy and no one identified this disease while my Chiropractor is sure this has been ongoing for some time, based on my x-rays. Needless to say I've done a lot of research in a short time, and some of the info I have read explains some of the pains I've had along the way.
Nothing, until now, compared to some of the stories I've read, but the back pain I did have when I was younger may be attributed to AS. I feel very fortunate to have not had a lifetime of pain, but I am apprehensive about my future.
Lifestyle changes for ankylosing spondylitisRheumatologist.
I am totally open to suggestions from anyone on next steps. I'm an optimist by nature, and will do my best to face this obstacle as positively as I can for as long as I can.
Other than back pain and fatigue, what is the most common symptom that AS patients experience?