MaryJo, you must find a doctor who has the knowledge, care and compassion to treat you properly. My son, now twenty-five was diagnosed with AS at the age of 8 years old. We had a wonderful doctor who initially diagnosed him. Then we moved. I have spent nine years trying to find a doctor with the knowledge and compassion it takes to treat this. It was only after my son's failed suicide attempt that we found the doctor we needed. One with chronic pain must also be treated for depression. We found a doctor who specialized in Internal Medicine and Psychriatry and most important, had excellent knowledge of AS. My son has been trying MSM / GLUCOSAMINE / CHONDROITIN with excellent results. He report no stiffness, no pain, and no aches. These are dietary supplements that can be purchased at a vitamin store. Consult your doctor before beginning anything new. He is able to main his exercise regime that has kept him going for so long. Best Wishes!