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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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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (Definition)

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


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I was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. What should I do now?

I was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. What should I do now?

Confirm dx: Have diagnosis confirmed, pursue and extension exercise program, avoid flexion activities and see rheumatologist to assure no complications and to treat peripheral disease. ...Read more

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When a person is diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, will they become deformed? Is there a way to prevent the bent over posture with exercise?

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

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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

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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 more

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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

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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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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 can you tell if someone has ankylosing spondylitis?

How can you tell if someone has ankylosing spondylitis?

Let us see: Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Your blood can be tested for the hla-b27 gene. X-ray, cat scan, mri. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Nelson
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Spondylitis (Definition)

Spondylitis is also known as Ankylosing spondylitis. An inflammatory condition of the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. Spondy = spine ...Read more