Living With axSpA/AS and Staying Active

Living with Axial Spondyloarthritis/Ankylosing Spondylitis and Staying Active

New treatment options and scientific advances are helping patients with axial spondyloarthritis/ankylosing spondylitis (axSpA/AS) live longer and have better health outcomes. However, the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond is difficult, and navigating the large amount of information available is a daunting task for anyone. Learning about what to expect from your diagnosis and treatment may help ease your anxiety, teach you about ways to cope with disease and treatment-related side effects, and help you to feel comfortable with having an open dialogue with your clinician. The following table is designed to provide information and techniques to help you manage life before, during, and after treatment.


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