As a way of thanking you for taking the time to read my webpage, I would like to offer you, as a free gift, the first two chapters of my book "Ankylosing Spondylitis Remission" as well as some additional interesting information about AS and ways of dealing with it.
Each person's experience is unique so I sincerely believe you will have something to gain by reading my story. At the very least you'll see how I handled my situation but I'm sure you'll also get some new insights or perspectives about this disease that you probably haven't thought of until now.
Does it seem hard to believe? I can certainly understand that! Not long ago I was in the exact same position. After five years of suffering from several unexplained symptoms, I finally got a clear diagnosis: Ankylosing Spondylitis (also known as Morbus Bechterew).
But instead of being able to enjoy the fact that I finally knew what was wrong with me and immediately start treatment and get healthy again, I was told that in fact there is no cure for AS and that I would actually have to live my whole life with that agonizing pain and become increasingly ankylosed and hunchbacked, until my spine would get completely stiff. And that would be the "lucky" case because this disease can attack other organs as well: heart, lungs, kidneys, intestines and even the eyes.
The devastation that comes with such news can only be really understood by someone who lived through it.
Your own body, which is supposed to accompany you your whole life and support you through your daily activities, starts to break down and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. The excruciating pain seems to rob you from all your life energy. All your plans and dreams are gone and replaced by a continuous fight for preserving your body's physical integrity, a fight which you will eventually lose, as you are told by the conventional medicine from the very beginning.
Besides all the usual stress and problems coming at you every day from the outside world, you now also have to fight an internal enemy, a much worse enemy, that never seems to sleep. The feeling of loneliness and desperation that comes from that can't really be put into words. And then there is the fear of the future, that seems to always dwell within you and raise its ugly head even in those rare cases when the physical pain subsides for a few days.
But fortunately, I didn't remain stuck there. After a period of depression, that seemed like an eternity to me, I had a revelation that changed my life. It changed my whole perspective regarding my disease and put me on the right track towards finding a solution to my problem.
I started researching this disease and one of the first things I found out was the fact that Ankylosing Spondylitis is actually one of the few rheumatic diseases for which a…