How They Did It: 5 People With Ankylosing Spondylitis Who Realized Their Dreams

Take a moment to picture your heart’s desire. Is it to run a 5K? Raise a family? Write a novel?

If living with ankylosing spondylitis makes you think achieving these goals is longer possible, know that the condition doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dreams.

“Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that disproportionately affects the spine.” says Susan Goodman, MD, a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. In mild cases, the condition may be marked by chronic back pain and stiffness; in more severe cases, the vertebra can become fused together, leading to extreme loss of motion.

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