Inspirational Michelle Hoffman, who just a few years ago was bedridden with arthritis, has successfully completed the London Marathon.
I was 20 years old when one Sunday I woke up with extreme back pain. It was quite odd, because I couldn’t remember hurting myself. The back pain got progressively worse and I ended up in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where I spent five weeks. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a type of inflammatory arthritis. I was given powerful drugs to suppress my immune system and had cortisone injected into my joints as the AS had spread through my body. I was crippled.
Sixty-one percent of patients with rheumatic diseases who attended inner-city rheumatology clinics reported meeting physical activity guidelines, while most of the others were fully inactive, according to study results.
Syed Ahmed also intends to run the Edinburgh Marathon on May 25-26, even though he has a spinal condition called ankylosing spondylitis – a form of arthritis. “I have ankylosing spondylitis and for years I did no exercise and put on weight. It’s depressing when you’re in pain and have to take a lot of medication.”
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