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Ankylosing spondylitis, losing feeling in my legs

Spine Health | Last Active: Nov 4, 2019 | Replies (9)

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Hello John, thank you for the very interesting and informative articles. I have been learning as I go with this illness. One of the main steps I've taken is to learn how to manage my stress levels as stress heightens the pain and inflammation and can actually exacerbate a flare up. Through meditation and mindfulness I keep working at keeping stress at bay. Also, the draining fatigue that comes with the pain and inflammation is like a curtain that falls over the stage. When it hits, there is no keeping my eyes open. So I've learned to let myself sleep when this happens. It can be such an inconvenience to life in general, but I've learned not to fight it. It is a necessity.

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@brie it sounds like you have a good plan to help manage your stress levels. There is a website that I like to use when I'm feeling a little stressed and can sneak in a few short videos by Dr. Amit Sood. I had the good fortune to hear him speak on how the brain works to handle stress and found it really interesting and helpful. He also has some great YouTube videos if you want to Google his name and videos.
https://www.resilientoption.com/