My name is Miguel, I’m 33, Portuguese and right now living in Mexico. I suffer of low back pain since I’m 15. Some nights I really couldn’t sleep since after 2 hrs laying down I felt a desperate intense hard back lower pain. Only solution was to wake up, walk around my place, hot shower, sleep on my knees, among others.
My father had the same problem since he’s 20’s. During the last 40 years he went to so many different specialists & orthopedists all over the world, he did 5 different surgeries, treatments, physical therapies, acupuncture and so many other things I really can’t recall. Approximately 2 years ago a friend sent him to a rheumatologist and AS was (finally) diagnosed.
After a couple of nights investigating online I decided to go to a Rheumatologist and for my surprise I was also diagnosed with AS! For the last 2 years I have been taking “Sulfasalazine” on a daily basis and my pain is mostly controlled. I have a max of 5 bad days per month. Fortunately I don’t have any other symptom apart of Temporomandibular joint pain.
I used to do a lot of sport when younger but now I’m just doing some light exercises at home.
To all AS sufferers I wish you all the best, hopefully this disease will be recognized by millions and not only by the people who carry it.
Thanks to my father I was diagnosed… Thank you dad!