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How To Diagnose Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is a condition in which a person (more often a man in his 20's or 30's) starts having back pain and inflammation between the bones in his spine, and between the spine and hip bones. The problem worsens over time, and the bones may fuse together (the person will appear stiff, unable to move as ...Read more
When a person is diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, will they become deformed? Is there a way to prevent the bent over posture with exercise?
Not necessarily: While making sure you are exercising and optimizing your flexibility and core/back strength/tone, optimizing your ergonomics/posture, you need to work with your doctor(s), to make sure this inflammatory condition is controlled and that your bone density remains optimized. Remember the spectrum of AS is quite variable, some people will have very mild symptoms and issues other more severe. ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis but don't see RA till Oct what can I do for the pain in the meantime?
Many things.: You should start an exercise program tailored to the disease. Maybe see a physical therapist. Your dose of naproxen should be maxed out- 550 BID or you should consider moving to a different agent such as indomethacin. Additional agents such as acetaminophen or low dose narcotics may be added. See the national ankylosing Spondylitis Society on line for a lot of info..... ...Read more
Is it possible to have tenosynovitis in whole upper body? I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, fibro, etc. Recently diagnosed with RSD & tenosynovitis
Have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis...My age 23...My doctor put me on humira for 1year.The year is end with dramatic response.Shall istop?
Long Term treatment: This condition at this point has no cure so treatment is often life long. Regular assessment by a rhuematologist is needed so the disease can be followed, reactions to medications monitored and referral to surgeons set up if problems arise (ie spinal stenosis, fractures, infections from immuno-supression etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suffering from flesh tuberculosis and diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis.Ve been taken etarnecept aka enbrel for 8weeks and pain worsen. Is this cancer?
Tuberculosis: Please go see your doctor as it is contra-indicated to take Enbrel (a great drug for ankylosing spondylitis) while having tb! there is the need for you to be treated for TB first, while the backpain might temporarily worsen as it is difficult to treat both diseases at the same time. But the TB needs to be suppressed first, before you treat again with heavy drugs that worsen your immune response.. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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