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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Pierre Moeser
191 doctors shared insights

Ankylosing Spondylitis (Definition)

A defect that effects the spine, causing ligaments and other elements of the spine to calcify, making it essentially ...Read more


Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What are the long term effects of ankylosing spondylitis?

What are the  long term  effects of ankylosing spondylitis?

Deformity/disability: Deformity and disability - without proper treatment. Heart, lung and eye problems appear infrequent. Watch for drug side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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I'm 35 year old and from last 8 year's I have ankylosing spondylitis. My hight is 5'7" and my weight is 55 kg.How I can get some weight and be healthy?

I'm 35 year old and from last 8 year's I have ankylosing spondylitis. My hight is 5'7" and my weight is 55 kg.How I can get some weight and be healthy?

BMI 19.7 (normal): according to the numbers you provided, normal range for body mass index is between 18.5 and 25, yours is on the lower side of the normal range, better keep it this way given that you have ankylosing spondylitis, your best bet with this condition is to keep moving and exercise as much as you can, good luck ...Read more

Dr. Steven Simon Dr. Simon
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
34 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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I have ankylosing spondylitis and have experienced a tender vertebra for the last 6 months. Could this be progressive AS? Other AS symptoms are mild.

I have ankylosing spondylitis and have experienced a tender vertebra for the last 6 months. Could this be progressive AS? Other AS symptoms are mild.

Possibly: With A/S your vertebral joints cannot heal as quickly when strained, hence, become inflamed and tender more easily. Speak with your rheumatologist about reducing the inflammation with alternative (turmeric) or prescription agents NSAIDS. Pain docs can also inject specific joints to ease your burden. TNS units, topical anti inflammatory (flector patch) agents can help too. ...Read more

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Dr. William Lages Dr. Lages
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
64 years in practice
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I have ankylosing spondylitis from 2007. I take nucoxia 90 everyday. But my pain is increasing from last one week in my lower back on right si joints?

I have ankylosing spondylitis from 2007.
I take nucoxia  90 everyday.
But my pain is increasing from last one week in my lower back on right si joints?

May need new drug: Nicosia 90 is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.It relieves pain and inflammation but does change the underlying disease. You need to see a Rheumatologist to see if you are a candidate for the newer anti tumor necrosis drugs which do change the disease. ...Read more

Dr. John Feola Dr. Feola
Internal Medicine
27 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Hi there, I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis. In the last 15 months I've had trouble lifting my right leg towards my chest (put pants o?

Hi there, I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis. In the last 15 months I've had trouble lifting my right leg towards my chest (put pants o?

ANK SPONDYLITIS: AS is an autoimmune disease that can be tough to manage . You need a good Rheumatologist , full exam and lab work up. Also Mri of cervical and lumbar spine to assess your anatomy. There are several medications that are effective. If you have a bulging disc steroid epidural injection may help. I would seek prompt evaluation to assess what is underlying your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. H Robert Silverstein Dr. Silverstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Had a chest X-ray - Mild apical pleural thickening with minimal interstitial process- have ankylosing spondylitis. Pleurisy 4x last 6 months.Serious?

Had a chest X-ray - Mild apical pleural thickening with minimal interstitial process- have ankylosing spondylitis. Pleurisy 4x last 6 months.Serious?

Rarer finding: Fibrocystic changed in apices of lungs common pulmonary manifestation of ankylosing spondylitis. Pleural and pericardial effusions are less common. Effusions usually respond to steroid therapy if they do not clear spontaneously. AS is inflammatory disease with not uncommon apical fibrocystic lung disease. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?

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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Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can ankylosing spondylitis effect you much?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Shalabh Bansal Dr. Bansal
Pediatrics
9 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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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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Dr. Steven Zaretsky Dr. Zaretsky
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Does ankylosing spondylitis reduce longevity?

No: Not unless there are significant cardiac, pulmonary or neurologic complications from the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Greg Khounganian Dr. Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
14 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Do a lot of people get ankylosing spondylitis?

No: Ankylosing spondylitis is a disorder that is not common. Osteoarthritis, which is the arthritis most adults develop, is much more common. If for some reason you feel that you or someone you know has as, see a rheumatologist or your primary doctor for the appropriate tests. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What sort of problem is ankylosing spondylitis?

What sort of problem is ankylosing spondylitis?

Arthritis/inherited: 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 as it is best to avoid the crippling aspects. ...Read more

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Aaron Stupple Dr. Stupple
General Practice
5 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Is it okay to drive with ankylosing spondylitis?

Sure: It generally fine. However, if your cervical spine movement is severely limited be sure to make use of your outside mirrors at every opportunity and consider buying cars in the future with a backup camera and self-parking capability. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Nelson
229 doctors shared insights

Spondylitis (Definition)

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