A.S. Face 2153: Lauren

Face 2153

My name’s Lauren and I live in London. I’m 26 and I’m an editor for a global mobility company. I was diagnosed with AS when I was 21, but I’ve had it since I was around 13 (I’m pretty sure). I first noticed something was wrong when I had sciatica, and a lot of pain in my hip and lower back. I thought I’d slipped a disc – how lucky I would’ve been if that had been the case. Two MRIs, a consultation and mobility check later, and I was diagnosed.

I try to be as active as possible, but my soreness and stiffness gets in the way a lot, which is frustrating. I don’t think I’ve fully come to terms with my diagnosis, or what it means for the future, but I’m going to just take each day as it comes.

I’ve recently started a diet and exercise plan, which has been successful so far. I have to modify some of the exercises, but that’s okay. I’ll just keep pushing until I get the results I want.

I would really love to get to know others with AS. It can be very lonely, as it’s not a well known disease. Hopefully I can connect with others in a similar situation, and we can help each other through the hard times, and celebrate the small triumphs.

England, United Kingdom

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 2153: Lauren”

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

    • Hi Lauren, do you not see a specialist or take any medication to help with A.S. I have read loads of people’s Bio’s on here annd they all say the same about the pain etc. I’m on medication for A.S and i’m virtually pain free, with you being from England like myself i would have thought you would get the same treatment as I do.


  2. Hi, Lauren! Welcome to the AS community!

  3. Keep moving and stay positive Lauren, it’s positivity and inspiration from others with AS like this that helps keep me going. Thanks for sharing.

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