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Russ McD

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Review for Spondylitis Association of America, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My AS journey started sixty years ago with chronic hip-back-neck pain with frequent flare-ups. For forty years the DX and treatment plan was whatever was popular in the rheumatological community at that point in time. AS was never mentioned in that forty years, and I received little or no relief. Twenty years ago I took charge, and started reading which lead me to SAA which quickly became my primary source for information.

My personal DX was AS, and my treatment plan revolved around a healthy diet, daily exercise and a positive attitude. Fifteen years ago my DX was confirmed by two rheumatologists, but my treatment plan was rejected by my doctors. To date I have never taken a RX drug for my AS and, I continue to eat a healthy diet, exercise daily and my AS mantra is "pain is certain, suffering is optional."

I am grateful to SAA with special kudos to their staff and volunteers. SAA is still my go-to source for AS information, and I wish them continued growth and success in meeting their mission statement and goals. What SAA does is making a positive difference in the lives of many people with physical and emotional pain. What better calling in life could anyone ask for?

Namaste, Russ McDonald

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