Ankylosing Spondylitis Xplained


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Ankylosing Spondylitis Xplained

Through storytelling

Meet Shayne

Hi I'm Shayne. When I was in my 20's I started having troubles with my back. Turns out I had Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

30 years on and I understand my AS so much better now. There are good and bad days but it's important to stay positive and to stay educated on ways to treat your AS.

Medicine X Story

Working as a medical doctor, Medicine X founder, Kim Chilman-Blair realised that far too many people are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. The language that doctors use, and what everyday people understand can be two totally different things.

Here at Medicine X, we believe that everyone should feel informed and empowered so they can engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions. That’s why Medicine X isn’t just another boring and complicated fact sheet – we explain medical issues through stories based on real people. It’s relatable, simple, and gives you the information you need.

We hope this helps you on your journey!

About Ankylosing Spondylitis Xplained

Real People

The Ankylosing Spondylitis Xplained story is based on a real person – Shayne! It reflects his story, his experiences with AS, and his advice to others. There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create Ankylosing Spondylitis Xplained!

Our Team

The Medicine X team are doctors, artists, and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!


Some of Australia’s top rheumatologists have reviewed the story to ensure it is spot on in terms of medical information.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Xperts

Check out our experts that have been involved with Ankylosing Spondylitis Xplained!

Produced in partnership with

CreakyJoints Australia

Our mission is to empower Australians living with arthritis to put themselves at the centre of their own care by talking about their treatment preferences and working in partnership with their healthcare providers. CreakyJoints Australia connects arthritis patients with current and relevant disease-specific information and support, across a spectrum of arthritis conditions via digital media.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria Inc

Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria Inc is an organisation of people who wish to improve knowledge of  AS and the ability to manage the condition.

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