Joint Journey - a Column by Jemma Newman

In a surprise life twist, Jemma and her husband were both diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in their 30s. Her column, “Joint Journey,’ combines a carer’s perspective with personal insights, diving into the realities and challenges of dealing with this joint-wrecking chronic disease.

Yes, ankylosing spondylitis is found in women, too

I sat nervously in the doctor’s chair, desperate to know what could be causing my nighttime back pain. I hadn’t yet been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and all I knew then was that the maximum dose of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication couldn’t help me sleep past 2 a.m.

The clothes that aggravate my AS pain and stiffness

You’d think that because ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects joints internally, clothes wouldn’t make much difference. But I despise certain garments when I’m having an AS flare and my sacroiliac joints, spine, or rib cage are inflamed and painful. Picture for a minute that I’m standing at the…