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Patient voice: ankylosing spondylitis

An inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Axial Spondyloarthritis recently showed worrying gaps in the care of patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful, progressive form of inflammatory arthritis. In this blog, Becky talks to BJFM about how she tries to not let her condition interfere with her daily life.

I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in October 2019 aged 26. Although I had heard of AS before as a distant relative had the condition, I had little understanding of it. I have several symptoms of AS but they don’t impact my day to day life often. The first symptom was jaw pain which started around the age of 20 years. At first, I convinced myself that it was a stress from writing my dissertation or an ear infection. Then I dismissed it as a dental issue. Never would I have thought it was due to inflammation or arthritis. After several trips to the GP, I saw


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