..After experiencing symptoms in 2007, just a few months before he entered the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Lindback saw doctors in order to try and solve the problem. “It took so long for them to figure it out since it’s such a rare disease,” Lindback said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times back in 2012. After the doctors figured out the disease, Lindback was prescribed medication and has not felt any major sickness since. “It’s just part of me. Taking the meds is a daily part of my life, like brushing my teeth,” Lindback said in the same interview.
Adult-Onset Still’s Disease is a rare inflammatory disease, affecting less than one in 100,000 people each year, and proving more common in women than men. It usually develops in people before age 45, and can be difficult to diagnose, considering its similarities to other diseases, such as Lyme disease or Crohn’s disease.
Adult Still’s results in a few different symptoms, but the type, pattern, severity, and occurrence of these symptoms can vary depending on the affected person. Symptoms include:
-Spiking fever, usually around 102 degrees or greater, that comes on once a day, though most go away quickly and do not require any treatment.
-Joint pain and swelling, affecting a few joints, like wrists and ankles, and then proceeding to multiple joints. This will usually occur in the morning and last a few hours.
-A salmon-colored rash that usually occurs with the fever and produces no itching.
-Severe muscle ache, which may appear with the fever as well.
-Sore throat that can prove to be severe, constant, and burning.
-Abdominal pain, pain when taking a deep breath, swollen lymph nodes, and unexplained weight loss are also possible symptoms.
Anders Lindback continues to take his medicine, but it is never entirely sure what is going to happen.