The people in our film aren’t criminals but they are living with a long sentence, not know what’s causing them severe pain and discomfort and having to wait 8.5 years on average to be diagnosed.
Axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) including ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory back pain that often begins in your late teens or twenties. In the prime of your life, a debilitating condition stops you living your best life.
Axial SpA affects 1 in 200 people in the UK – that’s more common than MS and Parkinson’s combined – but on average it takes 8.5 years to diagnose, and that’s just not good enough. We want to bring that average time to diagnosis down to one year, because with prompt and effective treatment, people with axial SpA can live happy, successful lives free of pain. But to give freedom to people living with axial SpA, we need your help.
By joining NASS, you’ll be helping us to raise awareness of axial SpA in the media, among MPs and policy makers, and in the general public. And crucially, you’ll be joining a growing movement of people who think the present delay to diagnosis just isn’t good enough and needs to change.
Your membership – for just £2 a month – will help us to change lives. In return you’ll receive a welcome pack, our magazine AS News, regular updates on our campaigning activity, and access to the members-only section of our website. Please join us today!