Ankylosing Spondylitis --- possible discharge?

:x Today I am stressed :x

I have been in the RE for 2 years. I have always had little niggles in my back and knee, shoulder etc and have been to hospital a couple of times ages ago, with no further treatment needed.

Since I joined, my back has flared up on occasion and I have had a little bit of physio. I have also paid to see the odd chiropracter in the past privately.

I am generally very fit and normally train between 3-6 times per week on top of army training / PT.

I was having another bout of joint pain and paid to see a civvy physio, who said that I may have rheumatoid arthritis. I then went to see the physio (army) and asked for the tests. These then came back negative but the pain persisted so I went back and he sent me to a specialist who has diagnosed Ankylosing Spondylitis, this is a hereditary disease that affects young men in there joints, specificallly there hips and back.

I am having bloodtests, CT and MRI scans soon to confirm.

The doc said that there is nothing to worry about and that it probably won't affect my carreer. But reading up on it shows that it is a bad condition that 1. it gets worse is not suitable for army life and not cureable.

I am now in a shite state and feel depressed. I gave up a lot to join the Army as it was a personal goal for me. Now I may be left with nothing and run the risk of facing discharge.

If any of you can help or have any storys to tell please do cos i'm in the dark on this.


I'm sure you've already done enough research to know how bad this condition can get. Remember that what you will have seen are the worst cases, and that many people have this condition for years and years with no more symptoms than you are already experiencing. There is every chance that your condition will not worsen significantly until you are much older, especially if you keep exercising regularly, and keep your joints (especially your spine) mobile. As a disclaimer, I am not medically qualified, but my wife has lived with this condition for some considerable time.
Thanks Joe,

Is she in the forces?

How long has she had this condition and what age is she, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm 27 by the way.

We had a guy, this is going back to mid 80's, suffering from it and eventually was downgraded and side shifted to a sedentary job where he spent many a year there before his release.
Don't know what the score is now.

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