Over the past ten years I’ve been suffering with Ankylosing spondylitis — that’s the scientific name for arthritis in the sacroiliac joints in my pelvis and hips joints. The pain was constant and would spread as far as my rib cage and even into my neck. Every day was pure misery. I would wake up feeling stiff and as soon as I’d get out of bed the pain would start. At first, I was able to continue my daily routine with the help of some Aleve or other over-the-counter pain medications. But gradually the pain got so bad that I was struggling just to get through my day.
My family and coworkers began to notice the agony on my face. My temper and patience got short and I started to snap at everyone around me. Slowly, life as I knew it ground to a halt. The pain was so bad that at times I had report off from work. More and more my life involved just sitting in my favorite chair, but that only made the problem worse. Soon I was losing my appetite and started to have trouble sleeping. Then I had to give up my favorite past time — fishing with my teenage son. Life for me had become nothing by pain.
My doctor prescribed pain medication and steroids but they created new problems. He prescribed Oxycodone, which came with a whole host of problems. Corticosteroid injections provided temporary relief, but the pain always came back. Finally, I got tired of feeling like a Zombie and constantly having to get injections in my back so I decided to try an entirely different route. I weaned myself off the oxycodone and made an appointment with a recommended chiropractor.
During the first appointment my chiropractor examined me and took some x-rays. After confirming the diagnosis, he told me that traditional spinal manipulation is too dangerous with ankylosing spondylitis. However, he did have some gentler techniques he could use to give me more mobility and less pain. We then began a six month process of rebuilding my life. First, he used specialized blocks to help my own body weight ease alignment in my spine and give me some relief. Then he began to teach me some stretching exercise to use in the morning to help promote smoother motion in my lower back and pelvis. Together we examined my diet and slowly built an exercise routine to help me strengthen supporting muscles in my core. Within a few weeks I was able to start walking longer distances and noticed considerably less pain.
After six months, I’ve finally started to regain my life. Now I’m able to go to work without being in constant pain. I’m sleeping better and my entire family says they can see the difference. Last weekend, I even went fishing with my son. Ankylosing spondylitis doesn’t have to stop you. Find a chiropractor in your area with experience treating this problem and get started reclaiming your life.