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  • Useful lifestyle hints to help reduce
    the impact of ankylosing spondylitis
    on your day-to day life

    A healthy lifestyle is essential for people with a chronic condition such as ankylosing spondylitis. To help manage the disease, it is important that you have a healthy diet, control your weight and avoid smoking.

    Support groups

    For many people, ankylosing spondylitis can be an isolating condition. Finding support from others who understand how you feel and what you are going through could help you cope if you are finding things difficult. Support groups can increase your self-confidence, reduce feelings of isolation, and give you practical advice on dealing with your condition from others who have gone through the same experience. They can give you a chance to talk about things that someone without ankylosing spondylitis may not understand.

    Support groups can also give you the opportunity to help others by sharing your experiences. There are national ankylosing spondylitis communities that you could get involved with, including:

    If you are not sure if there is a support group in your area, talk to your doctor or nurse to find out if one is available, or check notice boards in health centres and pharmacies. If you find there isn’t a support group locally, you could think about starting one yourself.

    Alternatively, try exploring the psoriatic arthritis groups and communities that exist on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where you can share how you feel with others.