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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

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
190 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 meds 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?

Back Pain & Stiffnes: The symptoms include slowly worsening back that has been present for more than 3 months. The symptoms as worse in the morning and with inactivity. Exercise may decrease some of the symptoms. ...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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How do you diagnose ankylosing spondylitis ?

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 dont 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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Dr. Michael Nelson
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Spondylitis (Definition)

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