Ankylosing Spondylitis (ank-ee-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss), A.S. for short, is an autoimmune arthritis. It does not come with age it comes with a faulty immune system. The immune system is malfunctioning by attacking healthy tissue and re-building where it’s not needed. Leading to loss of mobility and in some cases fusion of joints.
A.S. is a full systemic disease which means it can strike any part of the body. The average age of onset is 17 to 45 years old. It was once thought to be rare but we have learned otherwise as 33 million world-wide are suffering. It was also once thought to be a man’s disease but we are learning every year that is false as well.
There is no cure and very little understanding of the disease in the medical field.
We need more studies and research to learn if there may be a cure out there somewhere. At the least a medication that can treat it successfully for every Spondylitis Warrior that is fighting this battle.
To do that we need awareness! With awareness comes a voice that will grow louder till we have been heard and we are no longer invisible!