A.S. Face 0396: Mathew Bailey
Hey there. My name is Mathew Bailey and I live in Alberta. I was diagnosed in April 2011 with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromayalgia, and Musculoskeletal pain. After I went from Dr to Dr seeking help with the pain. The symptoms started in my hips at age 17. I am 23 now. The pain left me bed ridden. Moving any part of my body would feel like somebody with jaws of life at my hips. Lasting for weeks at a time this happened twice a year usually around Spring and fall but not always the same times. I was hospitalized in Oct, 2010, after weeks of not being able to sleep, one night it was so severe I was crying and was just going to leave the house I was so frustrated. Nothing felt comfortable for weeks. Well, I didn’t make it ten feet from the bed and I fell, the pain dropped me. I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my head. I felt rusted, any movement causing extreme pain. I would not wish this upon anybody. Since then, the pain has become more chronic and less bed ridden debilitating pain. However the inflammation I go through is very extreme some days. My jaw continues to feel like a pop can being twisted. My hands and feet are sensitive to heat and cold and are already losing strength at my age.
That’s a little of the bad and here’s a little of the good. I have always had a passion for biking, it has a great benefit on keeping mobile with the least possible impact or friction. Swimming is another great way to keep active. Hot yoga and listening to my body. Vitamins and eating healthy, currently on the no starch diet! I do stay away from any medication. Just living with it and being a positive impact in society :] Thank you for your time and all that you are doing with ASAP