The National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) will be running an event for people who have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (axial spondyloarthritis) (AS) in the last 18 months called AS & You.
The event will take place at Plymouth Copthorne Hotel from 6.00pm on 10 March 2016 and is completely free. Anyone who goes along is also invited to bring friends and family so that they can learn more about the condition.
This is an ideal opportunity for people with AS to meet experts in the field in a relaxed environment as well as meet others with the condition and share experiences.
AS is a form of inflammatory arthritis which mainly affects the spine. It is a painful, progressive, long term condition which can have a major impact on the lives of those who have it and those around them.
There is no cure for AS, instead anti inflammatory medication combined with regular physiotherapy and exercise are the cornerstones of treatment. Around 200,000 people in the UK have AS, with symptoms tending to first appear during late teens or early twenties.