Blessings to you...
AS is a rapidly progressive form of arthritis (an inflammatory arthritis) that will rob you of a quality of life if you dont get on top of it.
Motion is critical. It is much harder for the fusion process to occur in someone who is very active, as opposed to a typical couch potato. You especially would want to do movements that involve putting the entire spine through a range of motion.
Highly recommend you make yoga a regular and lifelong part of your routine. Also walking. The process of walking involves something called nutation and counter nutation of your sacrum and occiput, which in turn moves all of the spinal joints between.
An anti inflammatory diet is also critical. If I were you I would from this day forward go 100% grain free.
2) lots of regular walking
3) grain free (at the very least gluten free if you arent 100% commited to your health)
4) find a good chiropractor who knows how to properly asses the sacroiliac joint articulation, and get adjusted regularly.
5) when you are through this acute episode, vow to get off all toxic drugs (what some refer to as med's; that shit is poison)
6) have an x-ray taken next yr. if it is not progressing on the x-ray, new full spine x-rays every 1- 2 years at the most. You do not ever want to be surprised by how fast it has progressed (do not ever make the mistake by simply assuming if you feel good it must be under control.
Get it done.
Decide how commited you are to having a quality of life 5, 10 and 15 years down the road. Put in the corresponding amount of work and dedication, and you will reap the rewards.
Last edited by PeacefulWarrior; 06-17-2012 at 08:50 AM.
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