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Whats ankylosing spondilitis?

Whats ankylosing spondilitis?

Let us try to help: Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. A severe case of ankylosing spondylitis can make it impossible for you to lift your head high enough to see forward.

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Dr. Michael Nelson
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Spondylitis (Definition)

An inflammatory condition of the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. Spondy = spine ...Read more


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What is ankylosing spondilitis?

Form of arthritis: Form of inflammatory arthritis that causes fusion of sacroiliac joints and vertebrae, starting at base and working towards head.

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Why excerise if you have ankylosing spondilitis?

To maintain posture: Besides the overall benefits physically and mentally to your body, it helps to maintain joint and spine range of motion for as long as possible while keeping your posture in terms of good alignment so you do not fuse your spine with your chin on your chest or stooped over permanently looking for loose change on the floor.

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What can I do to help deal with ankylosing spondilitis?

What can I do to help deal with ankylosing spondilitis?

See a doctor: There are a few medications called disease modifying therapies (medications that halt or reverse the progression of disease) find a rheumatologist to get on a treatment regimen. Other medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) aleive, percocet, ect, will just temporarily mask the pain and the disease will progress. Physical therapy may help as well.

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I have ankylosing spondilitis and starting to get hump, what can I do?

I have ankylosing spondilitis and starting to get hump, what can I do?

Verify: Verify that it is ankylosing spondylitis (as) and not compression fractures, poor posture or another condition causing the hump. The treatment would differ. If it is as, physical therapy, exercises, and newer rx such as the biological agents may prevent deformity.

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I think I have ankylosing spondilitis....I have no insurance.....How should I proceed?

Clinic: 60 years old is a bit late to develop ankylosing spondylitis (as). More likely spinal osteoarthritis or spondylosis. Many university medical schools run free clinics or clinic that give deeply discounted diagnosis and treatment.

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Do you know if there are/have their been any recorded incidences of death from ankylosing spondilitis?

Do you know if there are/have their been any recorded incidences of death from ankylosing spondilitis?

Yes: Yes there have. Usual causes are traumatic fractures in the upper cervical spine and cardiopulmonary complications of the disease.

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What do you advise if I'm suffering from ankylosing spondilitis last 15 yrs. so please suggest me for the medicine.?

What do you advise if I'm suffering from ankylosing spondilitis last 15 yrs. so please suggest me for the medicine.?

See details: See a rheumatologist if you are not currently doing so. TNF agents such as Remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel or Humira are extremely effective therapies for ank spondy.

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I have ankylosing spondilitis . Do you advice swimming?

Yes: great aeorbic exercise with least stress on spine any exrecise you can do that you enjoy comfortably is good other spine friendly choices are cycling pilates if you swim consider try antinflammatory diet and disease modifying treatment with rheumatologist

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How does reiter's syndrome and ankylosing spondilitis differ?

They differ in : Classic presentation with reiter's known for eye inflammation and urethral inflammation along with large joint arthritis as a reactive inflammation triggered by infection typically while ankylosing spondylitis is just joint involvement primarily axial or spine/pelvis region of no known trigger.

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Please help! what is the difference between reiter's syndrome and ankylosing spondilitis?

Please help! what is the difference between reiter's syndrome and ankylosing spondilitis?

Very similar: These are both associated with the same genetic predisposition and are really just variants of the same disease. They are lumped into a disease category known as seronegative spondyloarthropathies so there is major overlap. If your issues are confined to the spine you can call it ank spondy. It you have urinary issues and a peripheral arthritis without back pain you can call it reiters.

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What is ankylosing spondylitis?

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

No known cause: Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called hla-b27 are at significantly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis.

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Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?

No: This is an inflammation of the facets of the spine, the sacroiliac joint and rib facets related to an inherited deficiency of bodily antigen (termed hla b27). Treatment is very helpful and it tends to be episodic. The spondylitis part is when the facts fuse causing stiffness of the spine. You should be under the care of a rheumatologist for this.

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What could cause ankylosing spondylitis?

Unknown, genes: The exact cause is uncertain, but it does seem to have a genetic connection. It is more common in males. It usually starts in early adulthood (occasionally earlier or later), ofter with morning stiffness and back pain. Severe pain, stiffness in a young person in the absence of trauma may be a good reason to see your doctor. Consider a seeing a rheumatologist.

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How long does ankylosing spondylitis last?

How long does ankylosing spondylitis last?

Life time: Ankylosing spondylitis doesn't follow a set course. The severity of symptoms and development of complications vary widely from person to person. There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can decrease your pain and lessen your symptoms.

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Can ankylosing spondylitis effect you much?

Maybe: It can cause pain, lead to fixed deformities of the spine and place you at higher risk for a spinal fracture in a fall or accident scenario due to loss of flexibility. You should see a rheumatologist for treatment.

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What in the world is ankylosing spondylitis?

What in the world is ankylosing spondylitis?

Joint inflammation: Ankylosing spondylitis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints between the spinal bones, and the joints between the spine and pelvis. It eventually causes the affected spinal bones to join together ("bamboo spine"). Cause unknown. Associated with hla-b27 antigen. Symptoms of night/morning stiffness better with exercise. Can also have eye and heart involvement.

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How do you diagnose ankylosing spondylitis ?

Rheumatologist : You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist and have a complete physical examination including radiographs of your spine and a series of blood test including hla b27.

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