Why Walk?

As I hope everyone knows by now, May is Walk Your AS Off month. But why walk? Surely it’s better to rest if you’re suffering from back pain?

I’d say that yes, resting is important. Pain is your body’s way of saying that something’s wrong, and it’s a good idea to listen to your body. But if you rest with AS then you’re likely to experience more fusion. Remember when your mum used to tell you that your face would stick that was if the wind changed? Well that’s the case with AS. If you rest too much then the fusion will freeze your spine.

GiantPandaEatingBambooIt happens a lot to people with AS, mostly because they don’t know that they have it until the fusion has started. When it happens it’s called Bamboo Spine. Thankfully, it doesn’t make you tasty to Pandas, so you’re allowed to go to the zoo for a walk if you want to. But it does start the process of the kyphosis that I mentioned in an earlier post. Continue reading “Why Walk?”


Walk Your AS Off 2016 and NASS at 40

I didn’t want to bleat on about this too early as people might get bored if I bleated on about it a lot. But it’s less than a month now until Walk Your AS Off 2016.

For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a Worldwide awareness raising event every year throughout May (World Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness month) to raise awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis. And this year is its first time as a fully registered charity in its own right. If you’d like to join in then all you need to do is register on the website and record how many steps you take each day. Last year we were able to walk all the way to Mars!

There are lots of teams around the world and there’s a bit of friendly competition. But the important thing is raising awareness. Fundraising is also welcomed (obviously), and I’m a member of the Orange Apples who raise money for NASS (National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society), the UK AS charity. Continue reading “Walk Your AS Off 2016 and NASS at 40”