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How Stress Impacted My Ankylosing Spondylitis

When I was officially diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) two years ago, I’d been having symptoms for the better part of a decade. The diagnosis came at a time when I finally had health insurance and could book myself in to see a rheumatologist at one of the best…

What Ankylosing Spondylitis Taught Me About Myself

Getting diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) wasn’t just about figuring out (finally!) which disease was causing me to feel like a hot garbage fire — it was about accepting one unchangeable reality and creating a new one. The unchangeable reality came with a thousand variables: Your body will…

How to Stay Informed About Ankylosing Spondylitis

I’m a wellness writer and editor. Some of my work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and here at Ankylosing Spondylitis News — my favorite! My last full-time gig was as editor of a wellness retailer’s blog. The brand wanted to be seen as a trustworthy authority…

Using Aqua Workouts to Soothe Ankylosing Spondylitis Pains

Around the time of my “official” AS diagnosis (I stress “officially,” because most of us have this disease for years before diagnosis), I joined AQUASTUDIO in New York City. It’s an intimate, friendly, and low-impact studio dedicated to holistic wellness and water workouts. The majority of classes are on bikes…

My Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis Journey, Part 2

Second in a series. Read part one. And then the symptoms hit. By 30, I had limited mobility in my back and hips, extremely stiff joints, horrible fatigue, serious morning immobility, chronic stomach distress, and costochondritis (inflammatory joint pain in the chest). I finally went to the two best…