Disease Update!

Good news!
As of today it doesn't seem that I have Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)! 
(More on the disease here)
According to my X-Rays, my sacroiliac joints look good. So I will just continue on my way doing what I've always been doing, living. If I get any more symptoms I will need to visit the rheumatologist again.
The downside to this disease (if I do have it) is that it is very hard to diagnose. I've had a lot, if not most of the symptoms of it, so if I get X-Rays in a year or two or five it may show up. So you just never know with this disease.
But I am SO happy and blessed that when I called in that things are good thus far!

I do have back pain (had it all summer) so...
if you have any advice on minimizing back pain let me know! 

I know there are stretches, doing yoga/exercising, and massages 
but if you have any other ideas let me know!
THANKS again for all of your kind comments and emails! I feel so loved! And I'm so surprised how many of you had diseases and could relate. If I ever do have this disease it is nothing compared to what some of you are dealing with. I hope the best to all you great readers!


  1. ashley!! yay! i am SO happy for you!! what good news :) of course you'll continue to be in my prayers!

    did you know i went to csu/lived in fort collins last year?! it would have been so fun if i had stayed to do a blogger meet up! haha :)

  2. So happy for you! I hope any future x-rays/tests come back negative too!

  3. Congratulations!!!! Is that the right phrase to use?? Um... it feels wrong... BUT I'm so happy that the x-rays didn't show the disease!! Sorry that you still have backpain. My mum uses those heat packs on her back. The type that are made out of wheat grains and you stick them in the microwave? She likes those because they come in a long shape so you can wrap it around your back. I hope you know what I'm talking about!

  4. Yay! I hope you never have to deal with it but if you ever do you know that we will all be here to support you! I wish I knew ways to get rid of back pain but I don't...I hope something works for you though!

  5. thank goodness there are no signs of it right now!! if it ever comes up we will all be here for you!

  6. Good to hear that they didn't anything! Hopefully the pain eventually goes away!

  7. i'm so glad to hear this!
    you'll be in my thoughts & prayers in the future!


  8. What a relief! You had my worried there! Glad everything is looking good for you :)

  9. so great to hear ash! things like that are never any fun :( happy thoughts and prayers coming your way!!


  10. So glad your joints are looking good! Hope you continue to do well. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts!