A.S. Face 0350: Matt
Where do I begin?
I fell down concrete stairs when I was 15, I was racked with agony for a month but it did ease off….for a while anyway.
2 years later I was diagnosed with A.S. Regular sessions of Hydro/Physio were recommended. Yeah right, I was 17 years old!
I wanted to do what all 17 years boys want to do, work out, get a job and get laid! So I ignored what the Doctors said and I
threw myself into getting fit, Muay Thai, weight training, circuit training, sparring!!!
Did that for 6 quality years!
Of course…the good times rapidly came to an end! All the symptoms of A.S hit me like a freight train when I was about 23, my neck stiffened,
problems with my shoulders, my spine completeley fused and curved. I was always tired, in pain, always wondering why is it that I’m the only one with
this f*****g disease? By 26 I think my mood was so dark that I became a recluse…considered myself a freak!
Ha! A freak.
A little over the top perhaps but that is how I felt.
Also then on occasions i would have violent mood swings, I didnt know whether I was going to hit
something or break down in tears or both. Also I had to sell my house, sold on the friday which was pure luck as I was due in court on the following
Monday for a repossession order!
By the time I was 31, well, I think I had lost it. I had snapped and somehow plucked up the courage, made some phonecalls and visited a Rheumatologist.
I told him what was going on and that I had heard of the operation where they cut you open and straighten your spine…I told him I wanted it asap and I didnt care
about the risks.
4 months later Im in the Hospital on a bed heading for surgery
It was a success, the op straightened me up, Im on Humira, I exercise a lot. Now I just need a job! But even though the operation straightened my spine it certainly didnt
cure the condition. But I wouldnt go back to the way i was.
What I’m saying is, I know exactly how you guys feel…always remember that there is help.
Don’t do what I did…I am an example of what happens when you do the wrong things
A.S though? Who needs it?
Matt (Age 36)