AS Took Ahold of My Steering Wheel
I have had back pain for 10 years. However, one year ago, I had this uncomfortable pain on my sacrum that did not subside. I could not sit, stand, or lay for too long. Eventually more issues arrised with my joints.
I finally got a referral for a rheumatologist and eventually got diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis.
I had been working in healthcare for the last 5 years. I always blamed back pain on my job. Long 12 hour shifts and awkward body mechanics at times can easily cause issues to your back.
I had previously worked on a med/surg unit, and then transferred to the ED as a tech. I loved my job but sadly had to resign 5 months ago.
During this time, I am focusing on my mental health, along with my body to get better. I do Barre workouts and yoga and it has helped me significantly.
I also practice Eastern and Western medicine. I'm fascinated with all kinds of treatment methods and am very open minded.
I won't have the career I thought I was going to have. What am I capable of now? I won't be able to have another child any time soon. I won't be able to do long road trip adventures for awhile.
Appreciating what I have
Even though ankylosing spondylitis took that steering wheel that belonged to me to control my life, it's helped my patience grow thicker. It's made me greatly appreciate what I already have. It's helped me have a healthier lifestyle.
I still have days when I struggle and sound like a total hypocrite. However, I bounce back, and I am very proud of myself for that. I know my husband, family and friends are proud too, and thats all that matters isn't it?
Each day, is a new day for us all to better ourselves no matter what we have to juggle. When something falls, we pick it back up right?
Other than back pain and fatigue, what is the most common symptom that AS patients experience?