I am 48 i have AS ,I have had symptoms since I had my second baby in 1989 , but back then it was just a male disease. My dad had it and was in terrible pain he would take a hand full of pills and still hurt. I have tried cimbalta and felt really good the first week but the second week had bad chest pains and my doc took me off it. I cant take pain pills or anything strong doesn’t stay down. So far i stay on tylenol for arthritis and flexaril. I also have fybro. and degenitive disc disease, Gout and thyroid disease, anxiety, and depression. Its hard to hold my grand baby because it has effected my hands, i have surgery on my hands feet and knees and nothing helps ,but im not giving in ill still hold them even in tears of pain. My dad passed on 07, from kidney failure, he was 76, he never stopped working in the yard even bent over he kept on going. So i know u have to keep moving or u will stow up. Some days I cant stand to have this then I think I could be worse, thanked for giving me this sight , i have read every one on here and its good to know there is a family that we can talk to about our special gift….
.I am from Mammoth Spring Arkansas, United States of America