Holy cow that is inspirational.
33 here with some similarities. Diagnosed last year.
Firstly, do you have any spinal fusion?
Can you share more about your routine and diet?
Are there any exercise routines you have purposely stayed away from?
Are you able to stand straighter? I notice I can straighten a bit if I tighten my stomach and back muscles, but since I'm not really in shape I can't maintain that position.
p.s. Your English is fine.
Hey! Sorry for the late reply.
I have no signs of spinal fusion, which neither me or my reumatoligist believed (as I was extremely stiff and had almost zero degree rotation in my spine), so I got a 2nd xray, just to confirm the result. My journal says "Columna normal".
I do, however, have fused both ileosacral joints, but that don't bother me that much. Not much movement is lost from that.My routine is basically: Exercise something every day
Usually my week goes something like this:
day 1: shoulder, arms, chest
day 2: legs, streching exercises
day 3: back (some of these exercises also train biceps) and abs
day 4: only cardio (i run between 6 or 10 kilometers, or take 30 min on a rowing machine)repeat
On day 1-3 i warm up with 15-20 min of easy jogging.
Around every 2nd or 3rd week I take one or two days off and just go for a walk or something instead.
I usually spend 2 hours a day working out, and I try to take time to relax in the sauna afterwards as it really relaxes my back.My diet
First of all; I don't feel any difference in eating low-starch or no-starch food.
I eat 5-6 meals a day.
I eat whole grain bread with cheese or meat products, or cereals with fruits and berries, for breakfast.
Lunch is usually a bowl of oatmeal with cottage cheeze and jam or fruit.
Dinner varies greatly, but it's usually fish, vegetables and lentils/beans in some form.
Evening meal is usually either fish (again), often with some whole grain bread, fresh tomatoes and salads and such.
Then I have some in-between meals which are smaller. For example nuts, fruits, vegetables, a plate of caprese (I can sell my body for a good tomato and a piece of mozarella).
I do take extra multi vitamins and I take cod-liver oil (cuz my grandma told me so when I was little
)Exercises I have stayed away from:
All exercises which involves lying flat on a bench, as they put to much strain on my back to get the most out of the exercises.
I've learned that everything you can do on a bench, I can do on a cable crosstrainer (or whatever they are called in english). My favorite exercise for my chest is cable crossover: http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/cable-crossover
It puts minimal stress on my back. It really works my chest hard. And because I can move the cables at will I can adjust my movement if I feel that my shoulders or back hurt in anyway. I really recommend it to anyone having trouble lying flat on a bench or incline for chest exercises.Can I stand straighter?
Yes, indeed! I went from looking like a 90 year old crooked-back man to being able to stand up straight. It feels great!