Ankylosing Spondylitis – just keep moving.
I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, it is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory rheumatic disease. It’s shit, it’s painful, it affects the bones in my spine, particularly the ones at the bottom, the sacroiliac joints. The disease causes continuous inflammation of the soft tissues around my bones and over time, the inflammation causes the bones to fuse together causing stiffness and rigidity. The process is horrifically painful. I am not special, it affects approximately .5% of the population. It is a very odd disease to have, more common than leukemia, muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, yet less known.
Ankylosing Spondylitis has quietly stolen part of my life, I do not talk about it too much as nobody knows what Ankylosing Spondylitis is. Lower back pain is as common as the cold, so meh, it’s not exciting enough to warrant a conversation. The symptoms and their severity vary from person to person.