Hi my name is Ruth, I’m 44yrs old and I first noticed something was wrong at the age of 31. I started getting what seemed like sciatic pains from the lower back down to my calf. My doctor at the time sorry but was just clueless about AS . He sent me to a guy that stretched me which made me worse, acupuncture, traction which was me lying on a table face down while a ” doctor” grabbed me feet and pulled but never was I sent for bloodwork, x rays or an MRI. Finally thanks to changing my doctor I was properly diagnosed and able to seek proper treatment and the knowledge to make my life less painful and still keep somewhat active. It’s a challenging disease I will admit that it can be depressing not be able to do things that you once loved but you learn to deal with it and move on.