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I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis as well as polyarthralgia. Negative rheumatoid factor. Often i have spasms in my back and frequent?

I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis as well as polyarthralgia.  Negative rheumatoid factor.  Often i have spasms in my back and frequent?

Spasms: You must see a back specialist - and don't wait too long. May be a rude question. but do you have children, and if so do you think this is part of your symptoms. No, I am not blaming you or your children, but do want to know if you need more advice. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (Definition)

-defect that effects the spine, causing ligaments and other elements of the spine to calcify, & making it essentially fused in severe cases. As the spine calcification takes place, it is painful, & flexion is more comfy. So accentuated kyphosis CS&TS. Essentially ending fixed downward gaze. It effects hips, & has pulmry compromise 2nd 2 deformity. Indomethacin is manic early for slwng ...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?

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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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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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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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

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What do you recommend for ankylosing spondylitis?

What do you recommend for ankylosing spondylitis?

Stay active: Stay active. If it is early in the process, medication can reduce the pain and physical therapy can counsel on ways to achieve good posture. If it progresses and one becomes fused (not all cases go that far), you want to have good posture, which reduces the risk of progressive deformity. If fused, take precautions to avoid falls and other trauma. New pain should be promptly evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat ankylosing spondylitis?

It depends: It depends somewhat of the severity of the disease but TNF agents such as Enbrel or Remicade (infliximab) are the mist effective therapies. ...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

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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 tests are needed to detect ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondy: Patients may have elevated cbc, esr, hla-b27 antigen, and abnormal x-rays of the spine and pelvis. Reference http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001457/. ...Read more

Dr. Chokkalingam Siva
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Rheumatoid Factor (Definition)

An "rf" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to remember that this is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted, and a negative result does ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more