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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…

3 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your AS Experience

Following my ankylosing spondylitis (AS) diagnosis, I thought the world had ended. I felt awful. I knew I was doomed to get sicker, and I believed I’d have limited control over my situation. Frankly, my perspective couldn’t have been worse. That said, it’s entirely natural to mourn, grieve,…

A Wellness Journey: 5 Excellent YouTube Videos About AS

After my diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), I realized didn’t know anyone else with the disease. I was feeling exceptionally lost and alone. I turned to YouTube for community and education, and it was super helpful. First, I could watch people with AS perform stretches and yoga moves! It’s one thing to…

Newly Diagnosed? 4 Things You Should Know

If you’re anything like me, your ankylosing spondylitis (AS) diagnosis may not have been the easiest thing in the world to reconcile. Being diagnosed with a lifelong, degenerative, chronic illness can be a wake-up call unlike any other. Feelings of depression, powerlessness, confusion, and denial can surge through you,…

A Wellness Journey: Self-care and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Life with ankylosing spondylitis is full of ups and downs influenced by good days and bad days, endless fatigue, doctor’s appointments, and the general trickiness of managing a chronic illness with life’s other demands. The unpredictable nature of fatigue accounts for missed days at work and canceled social gatherings. There’s…