Ankylosing spondylitis

Military and AS

I spoke with my son today, and glad to say he is doing well. For those who don’t know me, my son is on his second deployment in Afghanistan.  I had him tested for AS when he was in the 8th grade and yes he was positive for the HLA-B27 gene. He has been lucky in that it has not affected him so severely but the last couple of years have not been kind to him either.  He said his “hips” have begun to hurt him and carrying around a 75 lb pack doesn’t help.

I was thinking how do other soldiers do it. I mean if they even have half the pain that I have had, and they are out walking around carrying heavy equipment, pack, gear etc., how do they keep from suffering? I know my son gets some pain medication but for some I don’t think that would be enough. 
You know there are probably a lot of soldiers who haven’t been diagnosed with AS, and to think what they might be going through over there is just heartbreaking. I hope they all make it safely home and are able to make the best of their situation…. God Bless America

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