When he was a young man, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a rare form of arthritis where the bones in the spine are fused together, causing chronic pain and immobility. But even though there's no cure for the condition, Mars has been able to find a positive side.
"I ended up bent," he told Goldmine. "I can always see my guitar.”
Mars wrote in the band's 2001 bestselling memoir The Dirt that he started having problems when he was 19. "My hips started hurting so bad every time I turned my body that it felt like someone was igniting fireworks in my bones. I didn’t have enough money to see a doctor, so I just kept hoping that I could do what I usually do: will it away, through the power of my mind. But it kept getting worse."