Welcome to ASoneBringing young people with axial spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis together.
We’re here to inform and educate on ankylosing spondylitis, but we also want you to be able to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with each other.
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I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis 20 years ago. I was a young guy but unfit, lazy and heavier than I am now. Who knew that AS would be a blessing in disguise. It turned out to be my driver and motivation to keep stronger and fitter.read more
“How much dancing will there be in this show..?” That’s one of the first questions that goes through my head when I’m looking for a new acting job. And no, not just because my version of dancing isn’t unlike a toddler’s on a day of high sugar intake. It’s because when you’ve got ankylosing spondylitis, dancing for hours straight day after day is not the easiest and the most fun you’re going to have.read more
Studying with spondyloarthritis can prove to be challenging in so many ways, however there are some tricks that can make it a little bit easier. I’ve spent my entire time at Uni balancing a social life, uni work and my arthritis – or maybe “juggling” would be a better term for it.read more
Intimacy and sex are both subjects that often do not get enough attention in the AS or the disability community. I remember feeling overwhelmed and shy, not knowing who I could ask about these subjects as my specialist or family practitioner would say to me that “I will eventually figure it out” or “if you are in too much pain then you shouldn’t be intimate.” I have to say I was a bit shocked by the response and the unwillingness to even discuss how AS would affect my relationships, intimacy and intercourse.read more
Travelling is one of these great things that always leave you with a desire to see more, but with ankylosing spondylitis it can be a bit of a challenge. However, you just have to be a little bit clever about planning your travels, and figuring out what works for you. I am fortunate enough to have travelled a lot since being diagnosed. I am certainly not an authority, but I will share some tips and tricks that I have learnt along the way.read more
Life is full of unexpected things. Sometimes the unexpected can change your whole attitude towards the world in a good or a bad way. To my relief, having AS didn’t mean I had to give up dancing and along the way I also discovered something that changed my life: Zumba.read more
Exercises for AS on the go!
Back to Action is an exercise programme designed for people with AS.
It has been created by physiotherapists working with NASS, the exercise therapists and doctors who treat military personnel with AS at Headley Court.
It uses the most up to date knowledge from the fields of physiotherapy and sports medicine.
You can download our Back to Action App for free from