How Do You Explain That AS Is More Than Just Back Pain?

Medically Reviewed by Jabeen Begum, MD on November 19, 2021

Back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors hear. Everyone has had a backache at one time or another. It's also often the first sign of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). When you try to explain your symptoms to others, even doctors, it can be hard to convey that AS is more than just back pain. Many people with AS have a hard time getting a diagnosis when they first develop AS. It can take years before your X-rays show signs of AS. Tell us how you explain AS to people who think it's simply a backache. 

  • Do you try to explain more about your symptoms?
  • Do you share medical articles and research with them?
  • Do you avoid talking about your AS completely?

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