First, I would like to say this is a fantastic community. I have read through many posts and comments and have seen nothing but compassionate and helpful people. Keep it up everyone!
I just wanted to share that I have recently been diagnosed with AS, it took many months of scans, tests and blood draws to understand what I had going on. My doctor thinks with 90% certainty that its AS which is afflicting me. My AS is different than many of the people on here as mine isn't nearly as debilitating as some of the stories I have read. Perhaps that is just because my AS hasn't progressed to that point and it will eventually get that bad? I am a 29/M and last year around September time I had been experiencing a dull, ache in my thoracic spine region. I chalked it up to being a part-time bartender, but I noticed it wasn't going away with rest. So after many rounds of PT and Chiro, my doctor decided to run some blood tests. First off, I was HLA B27 positive, had slightly elevated CRP levels (6.7) but normal ESR (7.7) I did also have an increased WBC with slightly elevated Lymphocyte counts. Which from my understanding indicates inflammation in the body. Has anyone had similar experiences? Given those blood tests, the doctor wanted to run an MRI on my Thoracic Spine and Sacral Joints, both of which came back from the Radiologist as 'unremarkable'. So it doesn't sound like there has been any fusing, yet.
For now, I have been able to get by just taking Aleve or Tylenol. As I said before, this has not been nearly as debilitating as others on here have experienced. This may be a stupid question, but are there AS sufferers that don't experience the severe parts of AS?
With all of that being said, the main question that brings me here is regarding golf. Golf is without a doubt my most favorite activity to do. If I am not working, I'm golfing. My biggest fear is that AS might put an end to that for me. Just thinking about not being able to play golf makes me incredibly sad. Are there any other AS sufferers out there that continue to golf? I would very much like to hear your stories and how you cope! Thank you again for all of your help everyone!