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Live happily and comfortably despite having ankylosing spondylitis

Travelling

Advice on travelling with ankylosing spondylitis

Things to keep in mind when travelling with ankylosing spondylitis.

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.

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Keep going, there’s a hope in motion!

After looking at maps for hours, I developed a desire to go out there, explore and discover. So, in 2009 I decided to cycle from Switzerland to China. Since then I’ve cycled more than 40,000km, crossed 28 countries, exchanged thousands of smiles and fulfilled many incredible dreams!
However, my world was shaken last year. I discovered a new companion in my life called ankylosing spondylitis.

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Lifestyle

Everything that’s helpful for living with ankylosing spondylitis. 

Ankylosing spondylitis, it’s not a competition!

Ankylosing spondylitis is not a competition – seems pretty simple, right? It is is a cruel condition. An invisible disease. If you read this, you probably live with it and endure it in your individual way. There is no one piece of advice that can apply to everyone, as everyone has different tolerances, and everyone’s condition develops in different ways. However, we all need to do the most we can to try and keep healthy.

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Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Journey to accepting myself again.

When I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis five years ago, I was far from accepting it. All I wanted was to be ‘normal’. At first, I kept the diagnosis to myself as I struggled to come to terms with it, let alone admitting it out loud. I felt that people around me already don’t understand my pain and limitations. I believed they were unlikely to understand the diagnosis as well.

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Relationships 

Your loved ones and ankylosing spondylitis

The Intimacy Puzzle

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. 

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The Butterfly Effect of Ankylosing Spondylitis

My Dad was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Having to deal with this as a family and accept that there is no cure has brought us closer. At first I thought there would be a huge overwhelming feeling of hopelessness amongst us all, everyone giving each other sympathetic knowing looks. But it’s been the complete opposite.

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Mind and Body

Your mental and physical wellness with ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis, it’s not a competition!

Ankylosing spondylitis is not a competition – seems pretty simple, right? It is is a cruel condition. An invisible disease. If you read this, you probably live with it and endure it in your individual way. There is no one piece of advice that can apply to everyone, as everyone has different tolerances, and everyone’s condition develops in different ways. However, we all need to do the most we can to try and keep healthy.

read more

Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Journey to accepting myself again.

When I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis five years ago, I was far from accepting it. All I wanted was to be ‘normal’. At first, I kept the diagnosis to myself as I struggled to come to terms with it, let alone admitting it out loud. I felt that people around me already don’t understand my pain and limitations. I believed they were unlikely to understand the diagnosis as well.

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The Intimacy Puzzle

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. 

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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.

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