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Ankylosing Spondylitis Connect Group

Ankylosing Spondylitis
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This online group serves the members of our arthritis community who are living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and related conditions from across the country. We invite those who are looking for support, education, robust programming, expert speakers, and connection to join us and meet others who understand.  

Live Yes! Connect Groups offer connections, education, and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from across the country come together online for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on topics, as well as fun group activities.

We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills, and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive.

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Christina W
Christina W
May 17, 2024 - 8:06 PM

Hi all,

I'm new to this group and am hopeful for some support and knowledge from others with AS. I am currently going through several trials for treatment planning currently but nothing seems to be helping my pelvic and leg pain/weakness. I have tried RFA, several physical therapies (to include pelvic floor), and various medications (using only one medication for pain management currently). My hope is to not have to get on a new medication so early in my life (I'm mid-20s). Has anyone else had intense leg and pelvic pain and weakness? And what treatment options or testing did you do to try to find other treatment options rather than new medication? I appreciate all insight and support!


Michelle G
Michelle G
May 17, 2024 - 1:11 AM

Hello! I was just diagnosed with a couple of weeks ago and don't know anyone that has it. What helped you accept your diagnosis?

March 16, 2024 - 3:20 AM

My name is Andre, you love everyone in the group, I have ankylosing spondylitis - is there a cure with stem cells?

Lauren C
Lauren C
March 4, 2024 - 3:01 PM

Good morning, 

I am newly diagnosed with AS after a year of testing and progression of the disease.  If anyone has any words of wisdom to share please do.  I am still working on accepting and adjusting. 

Lauren C
Lauren C
April 9, 2024 - 3:52 PM

Thank you Jed.  Next step we are changing my medication this month and I'm trying to motivate myself to get active! 

March 16, 2024 - 3:21 AM

My name is Andre, you love everyone in the group, I have ankylosing spondylitis - is there a cure with stem cells?

Jed F
Jed F
March 5, 2024 - 7:04 PM


Welcome to the family! We deal with a lot, but our community is amazing! 

Don't let the diagnosis get you down. You got diagnosed at a great time with all the possible treatment options we have to help us stay mobile and slow disease progression. 

There are so many people with AS who live very active lives. It affects everyone differently, so trust me, AS is not the end lof the road. 

Feel free to reach out any time you have a question or need someone to talk to. 

We are here to help! 

Welcome to the family!

Jed (Group Facilitator)