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In this episode I get a change to talk with JoEllen Notte author of The Monster Under The Bed, Sex Depression, and the Conversations We Aren't Having. JoEllen's website is redheadbedhead.com where she writes about all sorts of topics covering sex and relationships. Support this podcast
In this interview I discuss the thoughts Julie Job had when deciding to get a hip replacement. As a person with AS, any type of joint replacement is a possibility and hearing aht a person went through in deciding to go through with it can be helpful to people as they deal with their possible surgeries. Support this podcast
For the 2nd Part of this 3 part series, I discuss some first steps in treating Axial Spondyloarthritis. Support this podcast
In this episode I talk about things to consider when you are told you have Axial Spondyloarthritis. Support this podcast
This week I discuss 10 natural treatments to try to alleviate pain from Axial Spondyloarthritis based upon an article from Healthline. http://www.healthline.com/health/ankylosing-spondylitis-natural-treatment#traditional-treatments Support this podcast
I look at how pain, depression, and anxiety can make Axial Spondyloarthritis worse. This episode is based upon the article listed below and includes my thoughts and feelings on how I dealt with these issues. https://ankylosingspondylitisnews.com/2020/10/12/ankylosing-spondylitis-pain-linked-with-depression-anxiety-stress-study-finds/?cn-reloaded=1 Support this podcast
******************************ShowTranscript********************* Jayson: Welcome to this week's episode of The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast. I'm really excited because part of what I want to do with this show is bring people's stories to all of you listeners. And I do that by interviewing people that have Ankylosing Spondylitis or non radiographic. And today, I've got a really great guest. I've got Cary King on and Cary has been dealing with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Oh, geez, most of his life and was diagnosed about 12 years or so ago in his late 40s. And has had a interesting journey that I thought was really great to share with everybody. And with that said, Cary, how are you doing today?  Cary: I'm doing fine. How are you today, Jayson? Jayson: Great, I really appreciate the time to come on and talk with all the listeners to share your story about your journey with Ankylosing Spondylitis. What I'd like you to do is kind of take us back to what it was like for you before the diagnosis, what led you up to finally getting that diagnosis?  Cary: Sure. I actually started on NSAIDs when I was in my teens, when they came out with them, actually, before that I was on Feldene and to cope with arthritic pain, and they could not figure out why I had arthritic pain at that age. So I lived on NSAIDs all the way up till I was about 46 years old and at that point, they took me off the NSAIDs because I had been diagnosed with kidney failure due to some nerve damage from my spine and that's when I got the diagnosis, too. But I had ankylosing spondylitis, and what caused us to become aware of that is once they took me off of it and said two weeks later, I had reached two feet to get a telephone while I was standing and the phone was ringing and I ended up on the floor for three hours and then the bed for three days until I went to the neurological surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee at the time, I was living in Owensboro, Kentucky, and then a man, he diagnosed me with ankylosing spondylitis and said that if he touched me in any way with surgery, I would really have a paralyzed and he started me in the process of going to pain management doctors, because they had different ways to be able to treat it to keep you comfortable and have a good life. But one of the things that I've learned from that journey is you've got to find out why pain management doctor that knows how to do the injections and put the needles, back spots where they move to put the steroids so that you can live a comfortable life.  Jayson: You and I talked a little bit before we recorded many people that are diagnosed with either non radiographic or as you were Ankylosing Spondylitis will take a biologic, but you were not able to do that tell a little bit about what happened there.  Cary: Now Actually, I never was allowed to do biologics because kidney failure prevents you from doing biologics. So I've had to cope around it without any form of biologics, which I have always wished I could, I understand you can get a lot of relief from them.  Jayson: Again, this is what makes this disease so difficult is that all of us deal with these symptoms completely different, and what affects one person, another person may have no issues with at all and that from a patient standpoint, it's very frustrating.  Cary: It is and the other frustration with ankylosing spondylitis is there's nobody has ever put together a real comprehensive list of all of the peripheral illnesses that you have to deal with sometimes with this disease. And so you go through the process of living with this disease, and every time you turn around, they're giving you a new diagnosis of something else. It's a problem. Jayson: Well, and you know, I'm not really sure if I think we keep discovering new peripheral issues that this disease kicks out. When I was diagnosed, it was 1984 a completely different time. What I was told... Support this podcast
Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast. How's everybody doing today? This has been a fantastic week here in Michigan where I'm at the temperatures have pulled back a little bit. It's been actually cool, but not super wet. So the Ankylosing Spondylitis all feels pretty darn good. I know other people are starting to come into their summers as we had in our falls. So I hope everybody is doing well and and for those of you that are on the west coast of the United States dealing with all the fires, I really hope that you are doing well. And for anybody around the world has got fires or some natural issues, disasters going on. I hope everybody's just safe and able to just enjoy life as best you can.  As you get going. I wanted to read a couple of really neat emails and a review that came in on the podcast. And this review was from England, from the United Kingdom, and it says, “I've been enjoying this podcast for a few months now. It's been super informative and helpful to learn about how other people react to this disease and what their experiences are. Thanks for sharing.”  Well, thank you, JoeGeorge in the United Kingdom. I appreciate hearing from you. And that's really fantastic. I appreciate the feedback. We're all a community here with ankylosing spondylitis, non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. You know, that whole axial spondyloarthritis umbrella. We're all in this together. We're all here to learn from each other and help from each other. And I really hope through the show, if somebody hears something and it helps them, get through the day, through the hour through the week, whatever, that they're better off for it. So I really enjoy getting this feedback from everybody that's listening. I also got an email from a young lady named Lydia, she wrote,  “My name is Lydia and I'm from Ireland. I am 39 and was diagnosed with AS just before last Christmas. I am so glad I listened to your podcast and it made me feel less alone with this life changing condition. Thank you for the information and keep up the good work.”  Well, Lydia, thank you for reaching out. Thank you for sharing a little bit about you and your diagnosis. I hope this finds you doing fantastic. And again, we're all here to learn from one another. So please don't hesitate to reach out to myself to reach out to anybody with questions or any concerns you're having regarding this. And we'll try to at least support you in the best way we can. Then I also got this email from a gentleman it also in the UK, and he wrote,  “Hi, Jayson, I just want to tell you how awesome your podcast is. I was diagnosed very recently. And he says about two months ago with as in your podcast was quite helpful and understanding the basics of AS and what progression to expect in the future. He says I am fortunate to be relatively mild case compared to many horror stories that I've heard and I still have the option of taking biologics in my progression is not good. In that sense, I am really thinking about people like you and others that were diagnosed decades ago when NSAIDs were the only option. It's incredible to think that people went through so much pain with so little pharmacutical support goes on to say I guess it's even worse to think about people about 200 years ago would have gone through this their life with as with no medical support, and everyone thinking that they were simply lazy. It would be really amazing to look at the history of AS (I did do a episode on Ankylosing Spondylitis history. I'll have that in the show notes so that you can go back and listen to it. And I sent it off to him as well in an email response. So I hope he enjoys it finishes up and says), Thanks for doing the awesome job of creating the podcast. Well, you know what, Jergas, you are so welcome. I'm glad you like it. I really appreciate the link to the book you sent me.  So anyway, let's get on to... Support this podcast
Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast. My name is Jayson Sacco and I'm your host and I hope everybody is doing fantastic. I wanted to go over a couple of emails that I got. Both of them are really cool. The first one is from Alex Levine and Alex has a fitness channel and in the shownotes I’ll have a link to his website. And in it, he wrote to me,  “Hi, Jayson, I just wanted to reach out and tell you that I enjoy the podcast. I have AS and I work as a personal trainer specializing in training others with AS. I just did an event with the Spondylitis Association of America, discussing health and fitness. It's nice to connect with others who are sharing similar experiences, keep on doing the good work.”  And just as I said, I'll have a link to both Alex's website in the show notes, as well as his Facebook page where you can find that event that he did with the Spondylitis Association of America. It’s a very good watch. The second message that I got was from a listener in the Faroe Islands. I hadn't been overly familiar with this country. It's basically located right in between Norway and Iceland and is part of Denmark but it's also I think its own country is the way they they officially look at themselves. But anyway, it's called the Faroe Islands. And I had saw some downloads coming in from there and I was like, that is really cool. I got this short little email but it was really fantastic to get and it was from a gentleman name, I think I'm saying this right Terji Beder, yeah, I think is how you say it. And I apologize for butchering that. And it says, “Greetings from the Faroe Islands. I just wanted to thank you for hosting this podcast. I feel like there's a lot of information, content missing on AS on the Internet, or really anywhere. This is a great contribution with great quality. I love how you can make so many episodes and still managed to keep the topics original and with not much repetition. Great work. Sincerely, Terji. Thank you so much. It's listeniers like you and everybody else that I hear from that I do this. And I really again, I love hearing from everybody. So if you're out there, please send me messages. I'll most likely unless you tell me not to read them on the next episode I read and then I respond back to everybody. I really enjoy receiving all these messages. It's just fantastic. So with that said, let's do a couple of quick housekeeping things, please go to spondypodcast.com, where you can sign up for the newsletter or use the Contact feature to reach out to me. There's also a section in there where you can go to access if you want to get a Spondypodcast t shirt or a couple of other items that are used to help support the show, or even just going to buy me a coffee calm where you'll find a link on the website to help support the show. Everybody has done that so far. Thank you again so much and I really appreciate it.  Now on to todays show. I received an email today that was a solicitation for a website I belong to, and the title of it was, You Are Enough. And I saw that and I looked at it and it said, being you is more than enough. And I started thinking about that, as you know, we have this chronic illness, this chronic disease. There's many, many times that we all look and say, why me, I miss what I could do. You know, I really am tired when I tried to clean the house for the day. I have done every one of those and so I'm not picking any one particular person. But I started thinking and I said, is that really fair to us? Nobody I've ever talked to with Ankylosing Spondylitis has ever said, I asked to get Ankylosing Spondylitis. It's like any disease that somebody has, It just is what it is. And you have to work to overcome and move around it. So I started thinking a little bit you know, they had a couple of quotes that I thought were really cool. In this website is myspondylitisteam.com. I'll have a link in the... Support this podcast
Welcome to this week's episode of The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast. This week's topic is something has been a huge challenge for me this week fatigue. But first, I want to welcome the new listener from Guatemala, which marks the 95th country that the show has been downloaded in. And also, don't forget to head over to spondypodcast.com to sign up for the Whenever I feel like it newsletter. I'm hoping to get one sent out next week. And check out the T-shirts and stuff available on the website. The items are at this time available in the United States and Europe, with more countries coming soon. Also check out the new facemasks I made available. I also wanted to thank a couple of companies that I've partnered up with to bring some great CBD based products. The first is Joy Organics. They're an awesome company that makes CBD based products made from 100% hemp from America that has all been organically grown. Also wanted to welcome Foria which makes an amazing CBD based intimacy oil. These two companies are fantastic partners with the show and I can attest to the benefits of each company's products.  So let's talk fatigue. This week has been just quite the challenge. I've been just tired and worn out all week regardless of the amount of sleep I get. I do wear part of the night of C-pap machine when I sleep in my bed, but there's times when I get up and I go out and sleep in the recliner that I have. So I don't have a C-pap to wear out there. But I'm looking at like a mobile travel c-pap option, a smaller machine that I can keep in the living room so that I wear when I'm sleeping in the recliner. And it's just been an amazingly challenging week, even to the point where the thought of recording the podcast has just been really hard. Part of it is probably being cooped up from the COVID stuff and top that off with some fatigue and it's just been really a rough week. And I noticed that I'm not alone in those thoughts. I was going through the different boards on Facebook. And I noticed there's a lot of question about how do I deal with fatigue? What do I do? I can't get any energy to do anything. And so I was thinking about that and I came across this article on tips for beating Ankylosing Spondylitis fatigue. Some of these we may be doing as a collective group. Others might be something new for you to try. So let's see what we got here.  Ankylosing, Spondylitis and fatigue. Well, Ankylosing Spondylitis is known for all the complications related to inflammation, the spine, the hips, you know, basically any of your joints that it can affect but primarily spine and hips. Well, the pain and discomfort may disrupt our daily activities. You could be contending with another debilitating side effect, which is fatigue. According to the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, fatigue is one of the most common complaints among AS patients. Excessive tiredness can be attributed to AS, but it can also be a side effect.  Inflammation and Fatigue. The biggest culprit behind AS related fatigue is the inflammation. Inflamed tissues, whether it be in your hips, your spine, ribs wherever release a small protein based chemical called cytokines. Considered to play a major role in fatigue, pain, psychological disturbances, these cytokines are produced by cells in your immune system react in your body similar to those produced when you have a cold or a flu. This is why you may feel like you have a viral illness when you really don't it's just the fatigue. Treating inflammation with medications can help to reduce the excessive fatigue, but keep in mind that prescription drugs that contain opioids or coding may increase tiredness. Aim for sound sleep. In some cases, fatigue isn't exactly related to the inflammation. You know, the pain and discomfort can make it difficult to fall asleep at night, adding fuel to the exhaustion. Your pain may also cause you to wake up during the night. Here are a few ways you... Support this podcast
Hello and welcome to this episode of The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast. I hope everybody is doing well as we all face this lock down together across the country, across the world. Today I wanted to talk about an article I found in Creaky Joints, which is a website that I like to go to is creakyjoints.org and I'll have a link in the show notes. And it was really interesting because I've talked about a few of these items in previous episodes. The article is titled; Nine Ankylosing Spondylitis Complications you need to know about and it really deals with the comorbidities that we can encounter when we have Ankylosing Spondylitis. So as we all know, Ankylosing Spondylitis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that causes inflammation, you know, pain and stiffness, it predominantly affects the lower back spine and the sacroiliac joints, which are the joints where the spine meets up with the pelvis. Well, we asked what's behind all the inflammation that comes on and is basically body's immune system is releasing chemicals and attacking your joints causes pain, stiffness, and eventually long term joint damage. I've had that with my sacroiliac joints being fused, and the damage that was done to my hips, resulting in hip replacements. So compared with many other forms of arthritis, AS generally for most folks begins when they're young, I've seen people in some of the online forums say that they were diagnosed when they were as young as five, six years old. As I've said in other episodes, I had symptoms back as early as nine or ten that I'm aware of, and was diagnosed when I was 14. Many of us develop a lower back pain and it's worse when there's an activity or you know, when you wake up in the morning, you can have that stiff painful back and as you get moving in the day, it tends to lessen it can present an ongoing and dull pain throughout the day. That is like it's coming from deep within the lower back or towards your buttocks. Because back and hip pain are incredibly common. You know, it's easy for people with AS to chalk up the symptoms to other issues such as athletic or overuse injuries. AS symptoms aren't limited to our lower back. The disease can also affect like I said, the neck, peripheral joints, shoulders, knees, you know, hips, it can affect all of it. So all chronic inflammatory lower back pain can be a telltale sign of Ankylosing Spondylitis. The disease can have a wide-ranging impact on patient’s health and well being the inflammation and joint damage of as are linked with a number of additional complications. And it's important for us as patients to understand those and be aware of them and proactively try to prevent these or manage them as best we can. So let's go through these common Ankylosing Spondylitis, comorbidities and complications. Number one - Ankylosing Spondylitis and forward curve of the spine. This is something that I deal with a lot spondylitis can cause overgrowth of the bones in your spine. This can lead to fusion, which is the abnormal joining of the bones. “By definition Ankylosing Spondylitis affects the sacroiliac joints in the pelvis first, and then marches its way up to the spine,” says Maureen Dubreuil, MD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Boston University School of Medicine who specializes in spinal arthritis. It may not follow that exact pattern, but you can have involvement at any part of the spine, the neck, ribcage, and lumbar spine, so in the past, people with AS, develop significant changes in their posture over time. That's what I deal with, I am hunched over quite a bit so that when I walk, I am looking down at the ground and not up. It's actually very challenging for me to walk and look forward at the same time. It develops excruciating pain in the back as I try to straighten the spine up and it's very visible on x rays where you can see that that growth in that fusion in the vertebrae and in the spine, so it's disheartening and alive. A lot of ways, but its... Support this podcast
Hello, and welcome to this episode of The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast. I'm really glad that we can connect and discuss these topics on Ankylosing Spondylitis. So first I wanted to read a new review I got from Susan in Tampa, in the United States. She left a review on iTunes for the show and she said,  “I was very glad to hear Jayson talk about dating. My experience has been upsetting in that many men are unwilling to date or go further after the initial meeting, mostly due to the cane and the disabled appearance. I just want to stay in my house and not put myself out there. Well, thanks for all the great information, Jayson.”   Well, Susan, you're welcome. I can certainly understand. As I've said many times I walk with a cane I'm hunched over from fusing and my back and neck. And so you know, I don't give off this great appearance of virility at all. I come walking up and I've had some women leave right as soon as I've walked up from the date without even saying more than Hello, once they see how I walk, so I can certainly understand it's not a good feeling. It makes you you know, we already as folks with Ankylosing Spondylitis can be dealing with feelings of rejection. So then when it happens from a complete stranger who you may have had some conversation via text maybe over the phone, thinking, Hey, I kind of get along and then to have that happen. You know, I certainly understand or there are the first dates but there's never the second dates. So Susan, I completely get it. Thank you so much for the review. If you're listening to this episode, contact me through the website spondypodcast.com on the Contact link. I've got an Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast decal that I'll shoot out to you. So anyway, I really appreciate that review.  Today's Question of the Week is actually going to tie into the entire episode. As I was reading through the forums on Facebook, one of the messages came out and it struck me as very relatable and it was from a young lady who was in a relationship and anytime she had something wrong related to Ankylosing Spondylitis, the other party not necessarily one upping her but saying, well, yeah I have this, you have that I have this you have that I have this. And well, neither party was wrong in expressing how they were dealing with their different ailments, the real issue boils down to one party, the person with Ankylosing Spondylitis wasn't getting the support that they needed. And that really is the crux of a situation I think a lot of us deal with this in relationships, whether they be intimate relationships, parental relationships, or work relationships. There are certain things we need for support from all the parties, different ways, but there's also certain ways we need to handle ourselves. So I wanted to kind of jump into that and this could be a little bit of a longer episode than normal. So I thought I would just kind of combine the two as we all know, having any type of chronic condition like Ankylosing Spondylitis or any other number of conditions can take a toll on not only our physical well being, but also our psychological well being. And I think the physical well being we can recover from and push forward through. Its that psychological well being that can be very, very difficult to correct, move forward, and overcome. And that's what we'll talk about to a degree today. So for anybody that's listening, that might be a caregiver or new to what Ankylosing Spondylitis is, in its simplest form, it's a type of arthritis that creates inflammation in the body. Generally thought of as affecting primarily the spine of people, the vertebrae, it really will connect and attack anywhere that there is the connective tissues and bone. Mine started off really, really heavy in the hips, move to the spine and other areas, but we're all Different it's going to affect us all different. So you know, over time, this long term inflammation can create new pieces of bone that Support this podcast
This episode is an expansion of the three part series I did at the end of January to bring more awareness to Axial Spondyloarthritis. In this episode I expand on the treatments that you can discuss with your doctor to assist in creating a treatment plan. https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment-plan/disease-management/treatment-options-for-axial-spondyloarthritis Support this podcast
In todays episode I discuss how Canadians can approach applying for disability due to Axial Spondyloarthrits or any other numerous types of conditions. David can assist Canadians around the country with their needs. Check out his website https://www.resolutelegal.ca Support this podcast
In this 3rd and final installment, I look at some of the basic items regarding medication and treatments that you can start to consider to treat your Axial Spondyloarthritis. Talk to your Dr so that they can discuss the pros/cons of anything you are considering. Support this podcast
In this episode I talk with Callie Hunter, a Chronic Wellness Coach. She works with people on coming to terms with their chronic illness and all the pieces of their lives affected by their illness. In this I talk with Callie about how she helps people and her own issues with a chronic illness and how it affected her life. www.riverandquill.com Support this podcast
In this episode, I discuss the progression of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. This is a continuation of or tie in with last weeks episode where we discussed ankylosing spondylitis. Are these two diseases or one? Support this podcast
In this episode, I try to help newly diagnosed people with Ankylosing Spondylitis understand what their prognosis with the disease may be. Support this podcast
In this episode, I look at flares and some things that can be done to help work through a flare. Support this podcast
Lets get going? Who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. While there is no cure for Axial Spondyloarthritis, We do not have to be saddled with additional poor issues above and beyond AS due to inactivity. Healthline article - https://www.healthline.com/health/beyond-back-pain-with-as/exercise-routine Yoga for AS (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/user/jboder1 Beginning Meditation (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpok4MKVLM #weeklyexerciseforas Support this podcast
I talk with Jonathan Ginsberg, an attorney in the Atlanta, Georgia area that handles Social Security Disability cases around the United States. He has 27 years experience handling these type of cases and a YouTube channel with 350+ videos covering all sorts of topics related to applying for Social Security Disability. Please check out his websites and podcast linked below: http://www.disabilityforms.com/ (www.disabilityforms.com) https://www.youtube.com/user/ginsbergssd (https://www.youtube.com/user/ginsbergssd) http://www.4socialsecuritydisability.com/ (www.4SocialSecuritydisability.com) http://www.meetalisting.com/ (www.meetalisting.com) http://www.gridrules.net/ (www.gridrules.net) http://ssdradio.com/ (http://ssdradio.com) Support this podcast
Interview with Steff Di Pardo author of  Just Breathe: Short Essays About My Life With A Chronic Illness. Steff was diagnosed at a younf age and turned her battle with Axial Spondyloarthritis into a book and platform to do advocacy for others dealing with this disease. Steff DiPardo’s writings on ankylosingspondylitis.net https://ankylosingspondylitis.net/author/stephaniedipardo/?via=homepage-recents (https://ankylosingspondylitis.net/author/stephaniedipardo/?via=homepage-recents) Just Breath by Steff Di Pardo - https://amzn.to/3p7jfbw (https://amzn.to/3p7jfbw) Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/totallyfunkless/ (https://www.instagram.com/totallyfunkless/) Support this podcast
A new begginging, The Ankylosing Spondylitis Podcast is now The Axial Spondyloarthritis Podcast. The term Axial Spondyloarthritis encompases both Ankylosing Spondylitis and Non-radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis.  www.spondypodcast.com Support this podcast
For episode 074, I explain what the difference between the terms Ankylosing Spondylitis and Axial Spondyloarthritis. With these two terms  visible in many articles, do you know the difference? Is there a difference? Listen to this weeks episode and discover the difference. http://www.spondypodcast.com/ (www.spondypodcast.com) http://www.buymeacoffee.com/aspodcast (www.buymeacoffee.com/aspodcast) http://www.instagram.com/as_podcast (www.instagram.com/as_podcast) https://www.verywellhealth.com/axial-spondylitis-296400 (https://www.verywellhealth.com/axial-spondylitis-296400) Support this podcast
Jayson: Well Doctor Yu, I really appreciate you showing up on the show today. It's great to have an actual rheumatologist that's also dealing with an autoimmune disease. So welcome and how are you today? Dr. Micah Yu: I'm doing well thank you. And thank you for bringing me on your pocket. I really appreciate the fact that you have Ankylosing Spondylitis. You're really helping the masses out there. Jayson: It's fun to do. And I learned something new every day after almost 40 years of dealing with this. I still realize I don't know anything. So it's just neat to keep learning. So, you have such an interesting position, not only are you a rheumatologist, but you're working on your Integrative Health Fellowship right now. Could you explain a little bit to the listeners’, kind of what Integrative Health is or Integrative Medicine is? Dr. Micah Yu: Yeah, so I'm definitely doing several things. So I'm certified in Lifestyle Medicine with a new specialty. Now, it's from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine that focuses on six pillars. It focuses on nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, emotional well being and tobacco and risky substance cesation, but also taking courses in Functional Medicine right now as well. And I'm doing my second fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Andrew Weilprogram. So that program is what I'm most excited about. So that program not only goes over nutrition, but also goes over different complementary or alternative modalities such as traditional Chinese medicine, Reiki, ayurvedic, supplements, manual medicine, mind body medicine, meditation, and so forth. Yeah, so those are the things that it covers. Jayson: So in my past episodes of the shows, I've done episodes where we've discussed, you know, working with or finding a rheumatologist using meditation, in some cases, yoga, all these different things, and what you're really doing is kind of wrapping it all up into one specialty. Dr. Micah Yu: Yeah, that's, that's my goal. I really want to combine the world of traditional allopathic medicine with complementary medicine. I think that's where the most benefit life of patients and that's what I want as a rheumatologist, and that's what my patients are speaking as well. Jayson: So as a rheumatologist, when you're working with patients, I get a lot of listeners as an example, that say, I can't get my rheumatologist to believe that I think I have as they want to keep telling me I have something else. I always wonder, do you continue to be your advocate for what you think you may have? Or do you follow the course of path that the rheumatologist is going or if it's just a head, but do you look for a new rheumatologist? I never know what the correct way to look at it is. Dr. Micah Yu: Yeah, so that's a very tricky question. Rheumatology is probably one of the most difficult fields in medicine to practice and there are still many questions, still nebulous answers as well. So I would say as a patient, if you feel like you have Ankylosing Spondylitis, and you're not getting the answer from your doctor, I would seek out a second opinion from another rheumatologist in the area or virtually as well, because sometimes the rheumatologist can have three rheumatology in the room and all three rheumatologist will have a different opinion. So it's very important in rheumatology to get that second opinion, to see if it matches up with the first opinion. Jayson: And what about things like maybe you haven't been diagnosed yet? I would think that x rays and MRIs can be very important to at least at a minimum set a baseline to say here's what my spine here's what my hips, here's what everything looks like, how does it look like six months a year, however far in the future? Dr. Micah Yu: Right, so actually, the imaging are definitely very, very important, especially if the rheumatologists really suspect Ankylosing Spondylitis. So actually it is the... Support this podcast
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Jayson Sacco
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Dec 5th, 2018
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Feb 28th, 2021
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