Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds opens up about his ‘super frustrating’ hidden disease

Apr 8, 2019, 12:40 PM | Updated: 12:41 pm

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 07:  Frontman Dan Reynolds (L) and bassist Ben KcKee of Imagine Dragon...

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 07: Frontman Dan Reynolds (L) and bassist Ben KcKee of Imagine Dragons perform during the Origins Experience pop-up concert at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on November 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band will release its fourth studio album "Origins" on November 9. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Herb Scribner

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds opened up about his hidden disease, ankylosing spondylitis, in a new interview with AOL.com.

AS is a form of arthritis that can have an impact on the spine. The disease can impact your joints, too, and can lead to chronic pain.

  • “I didn’t know what the problem was,” Reynolds said. “I wasn’t diagnosed for so long … and the pain just continued and continued and that was super frustrating.”

Reynolds is now partnering with “Monster Pain in the AS” to help others understand the pain and encourage others to seek treatment.

  • “I really hope people take the time to go to (their website) for the three-minute quiz and avoid the process that took me years to do, which is see a rheumatologist.”

Reynolds said self-love can go a long way.

  • “You have to be active about (showing self-love),” he said. “I really try to set time aside every single day to do something that I love that de-stresses me.”
  • “When you’re traveling and stuff and you’re going from the promo to the stage to vocal warmups to sound checks to a bus with a bunch of people, it’s really hard to find time for yourself,” Reynolds said. “But after all these years, I just prioritize it — a hundred percent. It’s part of a stress regiment. Stress is one of the main triggers of ankylosing spondylitis, so I take it very seriously.”

AS: The arthritis is common among men in their teenage years and their 20s. There is no known cure.

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