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How To Diagnose Ankylosing Spondylitis
Manageable: Spondylitis the condition related to your spine. It is an anatomical change which does not cause problems in all in all individuals. You need to discuss this with your physician and determine if it is effecting any nerves or cause of the pain that you may be having. In most individuals therapy and exercise will help manage the problem. Surgery may be needed in some circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
That is...: ...A very complex question involving a very complex condition. There are a number of protocols used, but the bottom line is that a specialist is generally required to taylor a medication regimen to your particular child. I don't think i can give a better answer in the 400 characters allowed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally, what is : The most comfortable position although with ankylosing spondylitis there is a tendency to become less erect so stomach sleeping may help to counteract that tendency if tolerated. Most people find lying on there backs with the hips and knees slightly flexed or on their sides to be the most comfortable sometimes using a body pillow to help hold this position. ...Read more
Medication : Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in these issues and can prescribe medications or groups of medications to address the underlying pathology. ...Read more
Xam immaging, labs: These 2 entities have very different causes and footprints. Ra = lab test 4 r usually positive, multipal joints involved sed rates high 50-60, immaging=destructive of joint from outter edge inward. Osteoporosis. Osteo films show spurs, joint narrowing. Labs wnl, sed rate may b up a little. No osteoporosis, but sclerosis, more dense bone best i can do in 400 or less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've never seen it!: Juvenile arthritis can be successfully managed with all of the new drugs available. Complications can always occur, but the condition which could be fatal is virtually no longer that. Make sure you are under the care of a rheumatologist. (i have never heard of jra put in such onerous terms!). ...Read more
Information for you: The terms can be confusing and there are several different conditions that may be involved. To help you sort it out try these websites: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/ankylosing-spondylitis-and-other-spondyloarthritis-beyond-the-basics and http://www.Rheumatology.Org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/spondylarthritis_(spondylarthropathy). ...Read more
See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your body including your joints. Osteoarthritis is not autoimmune and is what we call a "wear and tear" arthritis where the joints get damaged over time though things such as trauma to a joint tends to hasten the process. ...Read more
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