I was diagnosed 5 years ago at the age of 51. After finding out why I hurt so much, it was a relief to at least know what was wrong. Little did I know was that things would keep getting worse. After reading up on AS, I put together past medical issues that were all related to my new diagnosis. 20 some years ago, I was experiencing severe back pain but the doctors could not figure it out. I also had Iritis in 1995. Again no doctor could put two and two together. I also learned that along with AS, I have RA and osteoarthritis. What a trifecta. I felt very frustrated because nobody understood. I was very lucky to find this group. It is nice to have another family. Especially made up of everyone that gets me. Thank you to everyone for all of your posts. I’ve learned a lot.
Illinois, United States of America