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5 Tips for Lasting Friendships With Chronic Pain

Sharing about your chronic pain can be a show-stopper with potential friends. Here's how to navigate new relationships when your illness has to be part of the conversation.

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5 Best Exercises for Joint Pain

Joint pain can get in the way of people with rheumatologic conditions being able to move around and live normally. The simple exercises described by physical therapists here can be the key to getting relief – and back in the game.

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‘Internal TENS Unit’ Brings AS Pain Relief for This Former Powerlifter

Ashley Romereim has been taking oral pain medication for her ankylosing spondylitis since she was a teenager. Now, a surgically implanted spinal stimulator has reduced her low back pain and cut her oral pain meds in half.

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It Doesn't Have to Be Awkward: 4 Ways to Be Friends With My Chronic Illness

Ankylosing spondylitis is a full-time job and flares are unpredictable. Including me in your plans, even if I have to cancel, helps me feel welcome. Here are 4 ways you can support me and my illness.

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"Try Guy" Zach Kornfeld Talks AS

Along with Zach Kornfeld three YouTube partners, he'll try anything. Now he's trying a healthier life with ankylosing spondylitis.

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After a Decade of Disease: This is What I Would Tell My Younger Self

K.J. Ramsey was diagnosed with AS in her 20s — she was afraid and in pain, with no idea what the next decade would bring. If only she could go back and talk to that 20 year old...

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Meet MJ, The Former Mommy Blogger Who Now Writes About Ankylosing Spondylitis

In her new blog: “Kicking Hoops and Shooting Goals,” MJ Rowan captures the daily irony and flow of living with AS and fibromyalgia — both of which she has. MJ crafts an irresistible story you almost certainly cannot stop reading mid-paragraph.

Women in tai chi class.

Don’t Fear Exercise With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Listen to your body, then do something that keeps you moving because you'll generally feel better when you move, versus feeling stiff and painful. Don't "push through" severe pain, but do know that exercise could help minimal pain.

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A Martian With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Find out how this scientist roams Mars while also living with ankylosing spondylitis in our compelling interview with Dr. Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D.

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Tips For Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

For a smooth journey — from security to baggage claim — here’s what you should know about plane travel with ankylosing spondylitis.