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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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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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What is ankylosing spondylitis?

No known cause: Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called hla-b27 are at significantly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?

Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?

No: This is an inflammation of the facets of the spine, the sacroiliac joint and rib facets related to an inherited deficiency of bodily antigen (termed hla b27). Treatment is very helpful and it tends to be episodic. The spondylitis part is when the facts fuse causing stiffness of the spine. You should be under the care of a rheumatologist for this. ...Read more

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What could cause ankylosing spondylitis?

Unknown, genes: The exact cause is uncertain, but it does seem to have a genetic connection. It is more common in males. It usually starts in early adulthood (occasionally earlier or later), ofter with morning stiffness and back pain. Severe pain, stiffness in a young person in the absence of trauma may be a good reason to see your doctor. Consider a seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How long does ankylosing spondylitis last?

How long does ankylosing spondylitis last?

Life time: Ankylosing spondylitis doesn't follow a set course. The severity of symptoms and development of complications vary widely from person to person. There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can decrease your pain and lessen your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can ankylosing spondylitis effect you much?

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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What can I do about ankylosing spondylitis?

What can I do about ankylosing spondylitis?

Many dugs available.: Methotrexate, suslfasalazine, azothioprine, doxycycline, and the new tnf-a inbitiors all work. For pain, a full dose on an NSAID should be added. And do see a rheumatologist. ...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 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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Does ankylosing spondylitis reduce longevity?

No: Not unless there are significant cardiac, pulmonary or neurologic complications from the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Nelson
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Spondylitis (Definition)

An inflammatory condition of the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. Spondy = spine ...Read more