I'm a 33 year old male with AS for the past 5-6 years. Thankfully, after bouts of agony over the years, it's currently well-managed with naproxen and a ketogenic diet.
My question is this: I have read extensively about the extra-articular manifestations of AS, in particular lung complications; namely, pulmonary fibrosis. I'm concerned because research demonstrates that lung changes occur very early in the disease. I desperately want to avoid end-stage fibrosis in later life.
I'm wondering if anybody here has experience with lung complications related to AS or can help to ease my fear about this potential complication. My rheumatologist is not particularly helpful with these questions because he assumes I'm overreacting.
Thanks for your help.