Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Raises Awareness of Auto-Immune Disorder & Announces Fourth Baby

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Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons poses in the press room at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds announced the launch of a new campaign Wednesday to bring awareness to a rare auto-immune disorder known as AS. In an interview with Fox News, the rock star opened up about being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a type of arthritis that attacks the spinal cord and causes chronic pain, in 2012.

“It’s debilitating,” he said. “It’s a really scary thing when you’re meeting with doctors and they don’t exactly know what it is, or they think they know what it is and argue with the other doctor that you saw. So you’re continually being kind of ping-ponged between a bunch of different doctors.”

Now, Reynolds -- who recently reconciled with wife Aja Volkman and announced the couple is expecting their fourth child -- is using his public platform to educate the public about what he terms the “hidden” disease. The cheekily titled campaign, called Monster Pain in the AS, is designed to help participants determine whether they may be suffering from AS through a short, three-minute quiz, as well as provide tips and resources for managing the disease.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “You feel like, ‘What’s wrong with me, and why am I different than everyone else?' And that’s [what] this campaign is -- to raise awareness. People start to say, 'Ok, we know what this is, we’ve heard about it, maybe that’s something that I have.’ The goal is to mainstream AS.”