Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is stranger to pain
The 31-year-old singer and songwriter has been open about his ongoing battle with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an agonizing autoimmune disorder that affects the spine, sometimes causing vertebrae to fuse together
"It's debilitating," the father of three customs Fox News Wednesday, noting he first noticed symptoms in 2012 – just as the now Grammy award winning band was starting to receive label interest. The pain started in his hips
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“It's a really scary thing when you're meeting with doctors and they don You know what it is or they think they know and it is with the other doctor that you saw. So you're continually being a ping-pong between a bunch of different doctors, ”he said, describing the confusion that was previously officially diagnosed with the“ hidden ”disease.
thought, "Okay, I'm not able to perform on stage." I was so much pain, "he added, noting it felt as though someone was drilling into" [his] hips "and he was" an 80-year-old " ̵
The" Radioactive "singer now wants to help others avoid a similar fate, which is served as the inspiration behind his new campaign" Monster Pain in the AS. "
Those who have experienced" unexplained back pain or stiffness "for more than three months can take roughly three-minute quiz on the campaign website to help discern if they may be su ffering from the illnesses and how they can find help
"It's frustrating, you feel like," What's wrong with me, and why am i different than everyone else? " And that’s [what] this campaign [Monster Pain in the AS] is – to raise awareness. People start to say, 'Ok, we know what this is, we've heard about it, maybe that's something I have.' '[and] "pulling you down," he said of the campaign's "cheeky" slogan.
The quiz and campaign overall, continued, could help those who were suffering from "to avoid years of misdiagnosis."
" The goal is to mainstream AS, ”added Reynolds.
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Those who are diagnosed with AS by a medical professional can return to the site Finding helpful tips and recommendations for managing the disease, which is typically affected by their early years of adulthood – although women may be similarly diagnosed, by the Mayo Clinic.
“It's scary for someone who's in their early 20s to be told , 'something's wrong with you.' I say, "You have an autoimmune disease," he added, noting he plans to use his platform and privilege to raise awareness around the disease. in 2012 estimated roughly 2.7 million adults in the US suffer from AS.
As for his career, Reynolds said he and the rest of the Imagine Dragons crew are "always working on things, but [are] starting to take some time off . ”
The singer also had some exciting personal news to share with Fox News on Wednesday: He and his wife, Aja Volkman, are expecting their fourth child – a boy – in October.