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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (Overview)

A defect that effects the spine, causing ligaments and other elements of the spine to calcify, making it essentially fused in severe cases.


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What are the concerns with having ankylosing spondylitis?

What are the concerns with having ankylosing spondylitis?

Several things: It is a painful condition early on. Sleeping and resting in the most comfortable position lead to poor posture, and if the disease is full blown and fuses the spine, it ends up fused (stiff) in a bad position. This bent forward position can worsen and interfere with daily life activities. Good medication, good posture, proper therapy can prevent these problems and reduce the need for major surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
194 Doctors shared insights

Ankylosing Spondylitis (Overview)

A defect that effects the spine, causing ligaments and other elements of the spine to calcify, making it essentially fused in severe cases.


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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. ...Read more

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Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (Checklist)

Stay on medications that will keep the disease from progressing
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Exercise and stretch daily
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Stay close to your ideal weight
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What symptoms make you think of ankylosing spondylitis?

What symptoms make you think of ankylosing spondylitis?

Ank spondy: Morning sitfness with back pain kyphosis and fused si joints on pelvis xray Enbrel (etanercept) has a spondylitis indication see rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

What are the most common symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

Several!: In older persons, sacroiliac pain, frequently considered buttock pain. Pain usually ascends the spine. Large joint problems are common, as is peripheral tendinitis!
It runs in families! If present, you should see a rheumatologist! ...Read more

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What are the signs and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis?

What are the signs and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis?

Pain, stiffness with: A decreasing range of motion usually. Blood testing will be positive for certain markers and treat ENT involves exercise and medication along with being posture conscious ...Read more

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My RA has me on methotrexate. Trying to confirm diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Can't tolerate other meds. What sideffects come with this one.

My RA has me on methotrexate. Trying to confirm diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Can't tolerate other meds. What sideffects come with this one.

See below: Low white blood cell counts, increased risk of infection. Elevated liver enzymes, pneumonitis, oral ulcers, fatigue, hair loss, nausea, among others. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Have backpain. Probably sacroilitis from the location of the pain. Need to test for ankylosing spondylitis? Hla gene?

Maybe: Back pain is a very common symptom. It does not always mean a spinal disease and can be as simple as overuse. It does not always require testing to determine the cause. Pain from a. S. Is typically worse at rest and improves with activity. See your doctor for a definite answer. ...Read more

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Anyone with advice or experiences withe tests for ankylosing spondylitis?

Anyone with advice or experiences withe tests for ankylosing spondylitis?

Physical + lab tests: The history and physcial is the most importing starting point. Where in the spine are the symptoms? Do you wake up in early morning because of back? Does the pain improve with a activity? Lab tests are helpful as a guide for the diagnosis like the genetic marker hla b-27. Although imaging changes may take a while for x-ray changes; MRI can find inflammation faster. Also family history is a clue. ...Read more

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What are the tests to see if you have ankylosing spondylitis?

What are the tests to see if you have ankylosing spondylitis?

A plain spine xray: A young person with back pain unrelated to injury, which is increasing over time should be evaluated. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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If positive for the hla b27 gene and 2cases of iritis, does this mean I have ankylosing spondylitis for sure? R these 2 factors enough for a diagnosis?

No: Hla b27 increases the risk for uveitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is associated with this but the diagnosis is made by physical exam and positive spine and hip x-rays. I have lots of patients with uveitis and hla b27 without other disease. ...Read more

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How do complementary doctors treat ankylosing spondylitis?

How do complementary doctors treat ankylosing spondylitis?

BE CAREFUL: As can be a serious disease and when progressive the spine can begin to fuse together. This makes chiropractic manipulation potential dangerous, accupuncture, massage, physical therapy under physician's orders and with therapists who know as, and aquatic therapy are options. ...Read more

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What is ankylosing spondylitis and how is it treated?

It is a: An autoimmune immunologic disease of skeletal system primarily affecting the spine that causes severe inflammation leading to pain & leads to an auto fusion of the spine which can lead to a deformity with the bone losing density & more susceptible to fracture due to stiffness & decreased density diagnosed by blood testing & x-rays with treatment range : pt & medication as well as surgery. ...Read more

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Can you suggest treatment for ankylosing spondylitis?

Special exercises: Most important is a back extension exercise program, with avoidance of all flexion activities. Medications may be indicated, but rheumatologist should guide. ...Read more

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Effective nonsurgical treatments for ankylosing spondylitis?

Effective nonsurgical treatments for ankylosing spondylitis?

Medical treatment: Surgery is an option rarely taken and is of last resort. There is no cure but treatment exists that can change the lives of people with as. Whereas a progression to spine fusion and immobility was common in the past, current medications can lessen or even sometimes prevent such complications. The keys are early diagnosis and treatment by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can I cure my ankylosing spondylitis with anything?

We wish: We don't have a cure for ankylosing spondylitis we have program to treat but not cure ankylosing spondylitis. These include NSAID and biological. Exercise and physical therapy are important to round out the program, . ...Read more

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What is a good drug for ankylosing spondylitis?

Several: Non-steroidal antiinflammatories like Motrin are effective and the best to start with. Prolonged use may cause gastric pain and ulcers. The most effective drugs are tnf inhibitors like infliximab, but they are extremely expensive and pose more severe side effects. Other options exist, like sulfasalazine, and your doctor can optimize treatment as severity and one's response change over time. ...Read more

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Have the genetic marker for ankylosing spondylitis but never had any symptoms of it? Had blood done and tested pos. Also had 2 incidences of iritis.

You have symptoms: Eye inflammation is frequently the only clinical manifestation of the presence of the b27 antigen. Therefore you do have symptoms related to this positive marker. ...Read more

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about ankylosing spondylitis?

Wrong Problem: Although this is a good saying, you are applying it to the wrong problem. The only way I know of preventing ankylosing spondylitis is to choose better parents, with better genes. There is a hereditary predisposition to the problem that is outside of your control. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Nelson
232 Doctors shared insights

Spondylitis (Definition)

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