Ankylosing Spondylitis: Timeline to Pain Free

My journey to pain free targeting gut health alone to manage ankylosing spondylitis

Pre-Diet Condition

How things stood pain and symptom-wise prior to targeting gut health to manage ankylosing spondylitis

Core AS Symptoms

🔻 Chronic sacroiliac joint flares (near constant)

🔻 Chronic lower/mid back stiffness (like ‘concrete block’ at all times)

🔻 Costochondritis (rib flares)

🔻 Minimal range of motion

🔻 Unable to sit in one position for more than a few minutes without pain

🔻 Severe night cramps

🔻 Unable to lie flat on back on bed

🔻 Use of different chair/bed = almost guaranteed flare

🔻 Wearing a different pair of shoes = almost guaranteed flare

🔻 Unable to perform basic functions (running, tying shoelaces (without sitting), lifting objects)

Pain management

🔻 Up to 12 ibuprofen a day needed to manage pain levels

🔻 Daily use of heat pad, freeze gels and TENS machine

🔻 2 – 4 hours walking each day to manage sacroiliac joint pain

🔻 2 – 3 naps taken each day to manage exhaustion

Related Symptoms

🔻 Xerosis (dry skin, primarily face)

🔻 Blepharitis

🔻 Angular cheilitis

🔻 Rashes / skin irritation

🔻 Brain fog, memory less

🔻 Severely broken sleep (waking every 15 – 20 minutes)

🔻 Exhaustion and narcolepsy like symptoms

Clinical findings

🔻 HLA-B27 Positive

🔻 Blood inflammatory markers: ESR – 30. CRP – 21.6

🔻 Osteitis condensans ilii and Osteitis pubis

🔻 Rounded medullary sclerotic foci within the proximal left femur

🔻 Enostosis

🔻 X-ray 1: Pelvis revealed inflammation as well as an area of denser bone on the left upper leg

🔻 X-ray 2: Inflammation of the left sacroiliac joint

🔻 MRI scan: “shows multiple areas of inflammation and therefore confirms the diagnosis”

🔻 Diagnosis: Radiographic ankylosing spondylitis