I live in Sammamish, Wa. and have not been able to find a support group. Looks like there was once one in Seattle but it has disbanded. I was only diagnosed recently at age 66 with spondylitis after having severe neck pain most of my life, chronic diahrrea for 12 years, severe hip pain for the past two years and the thing that got me to a rheumatologist and diagnosed was a swollen toe. I noticed a remarkable difference two days after taking diclofenac, I awoke in the middle of the night because I did not have neck pain. I am a bit afraid of the diclofenac, however, for long term use so I am now going to a physical therapist and trying to cut the diclofenac dosage in half. I have not been real impressed with my rheumatologist but find I am rather limited now that I have a Medicare advantage plan. My rheumatologist did, however, test me for osteoporosis and since I was -1.7 advised that I take calcium and Vit. D. He checked my blood and called to say my D level was 16 so now I am on a prescription for Vit. D. My doctor won't x-ray my spine to see if I have anklyosing spondylitis until I see if the p.T. does not help. Anyway, that is my story and it would be great to get a support group together.