A.S. Face 0637: Michael

Michael was diagnosed in June 2012 with AS.  Symptoms started 1 1/2 years before his diagnosis.  The doctors kept telling us the pain was caused from “growing pains”.  One day Michael complained about the stiffness in his neck and jaw, and a light bulb went off over my head.  Michael’s mannerisms and pain resembled my nephew’s who was diagnosed with AS over 10 years ago and who has suffered from this disease for more than 20 years.  I took Michael back to the doctor and asked them to do the blood work for AS.  After seeing my nephew suffer for years without a diagnosis, I am so glad Michael was diagnosed early!

Florida United States of America

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 0637: Michael”

  1. Dear Michael,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. My day just keeps getting better. Michael, please see “Ashton’s” story (face 635) just before yours. Turn a negative into a positive. Turn the tables on AS and “Use” AS to motivate you to make the world a better place for others. It’s the BEST revenge on AS. There’s no doubt AS sucks(can I say that-but then I’m the cool uncle)…but when given Lemons,make lemonade. It’s the only way. Maybe some day…way down the line…you might just look back and thank God you have AS.

    And another thing. It’s a drag that AS is hereditary, and I know that worries a lot of parents, but here’s a perfect
    example where “early diagnosis” was made possible because a relative had it. And we ALL know that early detection is KEY. Michael, finding out now is so much better than going for years with “strange unexplained pains” that doctors dismiss. Those are years that AS can do damage. And it’s no good to hear a doctor say, “can’t do anything about it, the damage has been done.” So you see, there is a silver lining.

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