I wish all a very Happy and Blessed New Year!
Mike and Ken,
Thank you for your responses to my post. They were both supportive and thought provoking.
I have not yet met with my county VSO, due to the holidays, but plan on doing so hopefully next week. I want to go to this meeting as fully prepared and with as much factual information as possible.
I came across the following documentation, which I hope may provide the nexus that you mentioned, Ken, regarding a connection between chronic prostatitis and ankylosing spondylitis. It is as follows: web page
This documentation appears to follow my situation extremely closely. I am very much interested in anyone's thoughts and comments regarding this information.
Having experienced the low back and groin pain of both diseases, I can say that it is, for me any way, often hard to differentiate the AS from the prostatitis. I too suffer from the effects of advanced SI joint fusion, bilateral hip, lumbar and thoracic spine involvement. I have great empathy for all those who must deal with AS each day.
Mike, you mentioned the posibility of making a case for service connection due to aggravation from my military service. Is there any documentation that I could cite in this regard which I could take to the meeting with my VSO?
My wife, Gwen, and I live just about 5 miles north of Moscow, Idaho. There is a bit more information regarding my military service on a site called Military.Com in case anyone is interested.
I look forward to hearing from any fellow veterans either on this board or at email@example.com.
Jon M. Hill