My name is Jacob, and I’ve been suffering with ankylosing spondylitis since I’ve been 18. I was only diagnosed about five years ago and I’m now 39. I am about 40 to 50% fused from my butt all the way to my neck. I have had reoccurring uveitis and constant Costochondritis. The AS also causes Extreme chronic fatigue. The back pain at times is unbearable and I wake up stiff every morning and it takes a while to start my day.  My sleep pattern is also affected as I don’t really sleep well due to the AS. On top of the AS I also suffer with diabetes, degenerative disc disease, panic disorder with Agoraphobia, and a couple other conditions. I’m a fighter though and will get through these.

Maryland, United States of America

One Response to “Jacob”

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

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