Face 1043Luke I have suffered from Ankylosing spondylitis for around 3 years now, at first I didn’t know I suffered from the condition until I went to the doctor as I was suffering from pain around my groin area, I had been for numerous Mri scans and the consultant told me that it was growing pains, I burst into tears as I knew it was something more than that , me and my mum had been looking online and at numerous leaflets and all the side effects which it said in the leaflets I had.

It was really hard at school as no one knew about it but me , and when I was telling people that I was feeling unwell , they would all start to say things to me , I felt as though I had no one to talk to and I felt alone I became depressed as I were looking online at all the worst things that could happen to me , it was a really tough stage in my life.
From that point on I knew in myself that something had to change and it did , I went back to the hospital for more Mri and CT scans and then after that I had been told that I suffered from Ankylosing spondylitis.
Then the treatment started , ever since then I have been taking naproxen twice a day and once a week I am having methotrexate injections at home which my mum is taking for me , following folic acid 2 days after. I am still getting a lot of pain and discomfort everyday but the thing is now I have become anemic so now I am having to take medication for my iron levels as well.
Ankylosing spondylitis has also effected me in other ways like I am no longer able to dance which I used to love doing, also trampolining and running now I am unable to take part in any sport and I am unable to have a great social life , that is why I just stay in , I hope you have found this helpful hearing my story on my life with AS.
Yours sincerely
England, United Kingdom

One Response to “Luke”

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

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