Battling against ankylosing spondylitis is exhausting, and it’s easy to lose sight of your ability to fight back. Below are five ways you can improve your ankylosing spondylitis treatment.
Personally, I’m notorious for opting out of my responsibility to maintain the highest quality of life that I can with this disease. The list below started as a series of notes to myself about ways that I could improve my ankylosing spondylitis treatment after a week of selfishly avoiding taking care of it.
Is there something you’ve been struggling with that, perhaps, isn’t on this list? Leave a comment below and let me know about it – putting these struggles into writing can help give us power over them.
1. Exercise and Physical Therapy
You aren’t exercising enough. Yeah, we’ve all heard that the best way to deal with ankylosing spondylitis is physical therapy and exercise. Studies have shown supervised training and home exercise improve long-term outcome in AS patients. So why would you be avoiding it?
Register for that embarrassing yoga class, join a gym and talk to your doctor about physical therapy. There’s no better time than now to begin to consider just how important a role exercise plays in maintaining your mobility. For life.
If exercise is a good idea for people who don’t have to worry about their bones fusing, how much better of an idea is it for you?
2. Listen to Your Doctor and Stop Avoiding Medications
So you saw the list of side effects that biologics and DMARDs can cause and now you think that it’s best to avoid them altogether, eh? Consider this: they’re known as side effects for a reason. They are the outliers when it comes to the usage of medications.
By avoiding treatments proven in clinical trials to help, you’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
We live in time where medical science has finally advanced where patients receive more relief than ever before. It’s foolish to not use that to your advantage in your battle against ankylosing spondylitis.