This illustration is a visual way to explain the feeling about “ankylosing spondylitis.” I am a third stage patient of this disease( total is four stages.) This disease is a genetic lesion caused by a problem with the immune system. When it attacks, multiple eroded joints in my body feel pain, even my jaw joint feel the pain, too. If I don’t take medicine, I will feel the pain like I am being stabbed into the pelvis when I am walking. I could only rely on medical treatment and stretching to reduce the pain and slow down the condition aggravated. Recently, medical development has found a way to control the disease better and might find a solution. Hope medical technology can keep improving and find solutions.
1 percent of Americans — about 2.7 million people — may have ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions.