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Dan’s Story

AS can affect anyone. Even a rockstar like Dan Reynolds.

You may know Dan Reynolds as the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning band Imagine Dragons. What you may not know about Dan is that he has been fighting ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a form of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), for more than a decade. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dan Reynolds was diagnosed with AS in his early 20s and has a family history of autoimmune diseases. Now, he’s sharing his story to help raise awareness of a hidden condition that affects millions of people.

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Watch Dan’s Reynolds’ AS story.

After a year of living with intense and unexplained back pain, Dan finally found the right doctor who helped him find answers, and a treatment plan that worked for him. This is his story.

This is Dan Reynolds' healthy routine for managing AS


  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Avoid red meat and eat lots of chicken and vegetables
  • Have little to no artificial sugar
  • Drink lots of water and take vitamins daily


  • Keep moving and stretch regularly
  • Concentrate on core strengthening exercises, like yoga
  • Avoid strenuous exercises

Working with a rheumatologist to find a plan that worked for me made all the difference. Make sure to meet with your rheumatologist to find one that works for you.

Dan Reynolds 'I live a super-discliplined diet and lifestyle. The key to everything is moderation.'

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