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The Spoonie Struggle

Jul 28, 2021

Episode 28: David Einsohn's Story With Ankylosing Spondylitis

In this episode, we discuss David Einsohn’s story with Ankylosing Spondylitis. David started experiencing problems with his legs and back when he was almost 10. He started having difficulty breathing, weakness in his legs, lower back pain, and stiff hips. Doctors initially suspected polio and Guillan Barre. It took over a year to finally find a proper diagnosis, which was eventually detected through an X-ray. Medications helped him significantly through much of the rest of childhood. There were periods where he was in a wheelchair or had long hospital stays.

As he has grown, his symptoms have changed a bit, including eczema and psoriasis.  Currently for treatment, David uses medication, exercise, chiropractic, stretching, home exercises, and checks in with his rheumatologist. Exercise helps him cope with pain. He also uses meditation. His triggers include weather changes and  sitting. Limitations include lifting and high impact aerobics. He discusses his concerns about the future.


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