‘My Body Froze as I Tried to Get Up’: How Strange Symptoms Led to a Surprising Diagnosis

By Jack Webb
Updated 2024-04-03 09:53:51 | Published 2020-12-08 08:44:43
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
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It began with a morning that felt like a betrayal. I awoke, frozen in bed, unable to move. Panic surged as I grappled with the reality of being a young, seemingly healthy 26-year-old, suddenly struck by an inexplicable episode. Eventually, I regained control of my body and dismissed it as a bizarre anomaly. Little did I know, this was merely the prelude to a much larger story.

Over time, a subtle limp emerged on my left side, barely perceptible at first. As it progressively worsened, concern gnawed at me. Seeking answers, I consulted my family doctor, but he was unable to shed light on my deteriorating condition. It was not until a serendipitous encounter with a family friend, who also happened to be a doctor, that I was steered towards a rheumatologist.

The rheumatologist, after a meticulous examination, proposed a hypothesis. She suspected that I might have ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis. Despite its prevalence in men, she opted for blood tests to corroborate her suspicions. And, to my astonishment, the results confirmed her hypothesis.

It was as if I had won the autoimmune disease lottery; I had ankylosing spondylitis. This unexpected turn of events left me grappling with the reality that my body would be locked in a lifelong battle with this disease. Yet, as I navigated the winding path of acceptance, I discovered resilience and a newfound appreciation for the unpredictable journey that lay ahead.

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