Thank you Dale, I haven't taken medication for AS since I was 18, I was told that it would most likely stay in remission for the rest of my life as long as I have an active lifestyle. Quite honestly, I think a doctor at MEPS or any doctor for that matter would have trouble finding anything without doing a blood test. I have had no symptoms of the disease since I was 18. I certainly appreciate any help you could give me.
They don't find AS with blood tests as it is not that type of arthritis. About the only blood tests they can do with it is for the gene which lets them know you are more likely too have it but even then not usually. Pain, restricted movement over time as it progresses and it does, and by the damage seen on the xrays that which at first can't be seen on them, but over time builds and builds and can be easily seen do tell them. Remission does not mean it went away or stopped but just that it is not giving you an obvious problem at the moment. It will hit your eyes, lungs and various parts of you body over time and time waits for no man.
Now with all that said I would heavily suspect you don't have the disease at all if you are giving us the full straight story on this, that with only a swollen painful toe he diagnosed you with AS with nothing before or after. I would get a second opinion on this pronto and make sure they have the other doctors records to see why he made that conclusion.