I was recently diagnosed as well. Lifting has been my life for some time. For the last couple of years every time I touch a weight I get so much inflammation in my hips and hamstrings I feel like someone beat me with a bat. I am a strength and conditioning specialist and I can tell you one thing for sure. If it hurts don't do it! Do what makes your body feel good leave the rest. Find a sports med Doc or a CSCS with a certification in special populations if you want further advice on what to do and what not to do.
I really need to find someone who can let me know what I can and cannot do.
I've been an avid weightlifter since I was 19 years old. It's been a really important part of my life and, more than that, a part of who I am. But it also seems problematic for me as of late. Two years ago I ruptured a disc in my back (at the C7) after a weight lifting session. Since that happened I've had incredible head pressure and tinnitus in my left ear.
I tried drastically changing how I lift, focusing on exercises I learned in physical therapy and moving to lighter weights and more reps versus heavy weights. And even so my head pressure and ear ringing always seem to be worse the day after I lift. And I've been wondering if my weight lifting days are over? I don't WANT that to be the case but I also don't want to cause further damage to my spine.
It's good to see stories here of people who've continued to lift after being diagnosed with AS but I'm fearful of hurting myself further if I continue.