A.S. Face 0491: Alexis


I first heard the term Ankylosing Spondylitis when I was 25 and developed a severe case of iritis. Four years later my sacroiliac joints flared up and I was diagnosed with A.S. I was more fortunate than many patients in that it didn’t take me years to be diagnosed; the orthopedic surgeon I saw had been an army doctor and had seen many cases of A.S. in the service. He first diagnosed me with a herniated disc but when I returned two days later unable to walk he suspected A.S. He sent me for tests and a confirmation consult with a rheumatologist and I had an answer within a month and was able to start treatment.

I’ve had A.S. for 27 years now and I consider myself lucky that it’s a milder case than many.  I pray that one day we will have a way to prevent or halt all autoimmune diseases. I’m very thankful for this site, knowing that others understand my experience. I believe it will provide an important resource for research in the future.


Southern California United States of America

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 0491: Alexis”

  1. welcome alexis

  2. Dear Alexis,
    Thank you for being a part of my vision.
    Sincerely Cookie

  3. Welcome Alexis.

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