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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on how severe it is and in what part of the spine. In the mid back it may be a cosmetic (appearance) problem. The the neck and mid back, it can lead to the spinal cord to malfunction. In the low back it can prevent good posture and cause severe low back pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Loss of sensation: I'm assuming you are referring to peripheral nerve degeneration, which typically affects the longest nerves (toes and feet followed by fingers and hands). Loss of sensation predisposes to skin trauma and ulcers as well as joint changes. Loss of strength typically occurs later in the course. ...Read more
Is Multiple Schlorsis and Ankylosing spondylitis related? What are chances that a person has both?
Not related: MS is a neurologic disease caused by changes in the myelin covering sheaths on nerve fibers, allowing nerve impulses to 'short circuit'. Ankylosing spondyliitis is an arthritic condition affecting primarily the spine with gradual fusion of spinal segments altering one's posture. the two conditions are not at all related, though an individual could have both diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This depends on: Several factors including how symptomatic you are and how well you are responding to treatment if even getting any in the first place. It also depends how involved your spine and joints are in terms of not just pain butrange of motion. So any job could be available but if more advanced disease, a desk type job or less physically demanding one would be ideal. ...Read more
Spreading: Cellulitis, or skin infection, concerns us when it takes longer than 7 days to improve, or gets worse: spreading across more skin or going deeper into your blood. Watch out for increased pain, redness, red streaks, fever/chills, feeling bleah (malaise). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stiffness: I would expect the patient to have spine pain and limited spine bending. Chest expansion, chest size difference between maximum exhale and maximum inhale size is less than 2 inches. Ankylosing Sponlylitis is rare in females ...Read more
DIFFICULT ANSWER: Collagen vasular diseases include a broad spectrum of illnesses. As a rheumatologist, we do our best to isolate what collagen vasular disease a patient has. The term, collagen vascular disease does not descibe one disease but rather the whole practice of rheumatology. I figure your doctor may have found an abnormal boold test which may or may not be significant. I need more information to help you. ...Read more
A 23 yo M diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis with sacrolitis. What level of disability can be expected with the advancements in therapy? Thanks
Often little: AS can be well controlled now but even in the past people with AS can maintain employment and work until retirement ...Read more
Depends : Depends on age of diagnosis, severity of disease and medical treatment. See a rheumatologist and get treatment early to prevent the destruction of your joints. If you need a joint replacement, realize it is extremely successful at treating the arthritic joint but this is the last stage of treatment, prevention is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will SLE be midl!: Disease activity is key. I have many normal "lupus" patient, who have "laboratory diagnosis. But I have some patients with serious problems. This is not a one size fitas all disease. And the drugs we have can remit most patients who have had significant flares. So be optimistic and do not "become your illness." good luck. ...Read more
SLE: There can be a variety of issues with pregnancy and sle. There can be problems with the mother, with activation of lupus, with kidney and blood pressure issues to name a few. There can be risks to the baby as well. You will be monitored with high-risk ob. This is a serious medical setting and needs to be carefully followed. ...Read more
Sepsis, death: Esophageal rupture is often a life-threatening condition if not treated immediately. Food particles and bacteria leak out of the esophagus into the chest cavities which can cause overwhelming infection. If caught early, aggressive antibiotic use can be successful. In other situations, an operation may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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