Is ankylosing spondylitis associated with pericarditis?

Yes. Causes of pericarditis include collagen/vascualr diseases. (systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, acute rheumatic fever, wegener’s granulomatosis).
Yes. Any chronic arthritis whether ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid can be associated with pericarditis.

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Is there a relationship between anklyosing spondylitis and pericarditis? What about chronic sinus inflammation and spondylositis?

Yes. There is an association between as and pericarditis. There is also an association with non-infectious lung fibrosis with cough and shortness of breath but I'm not aware any association with sinusitis - that may be another, separate plague to deal with - good luck.
Yes. Many immune related arthritis can lead to pericarditis and effusion. Can be taken care of by medical treatment.

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.
See below. I agree with the previous statement but it also affect other systems in your body as it is a systemic disease.

How do you diagnose ankylosing spondylitis?

Usually by having. A complete physical exam along with having blood studies done and possibly some x-rays.
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.

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.

What do you recommend for ankylosing spondylitis?

Enbrel (etanercept) Read the side effects it works well but has a few problems.
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.

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.

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.

What symptoms make you think of ankylosing spondylitis?

YOUNG MEN/AM PAIN. This is one of the few rheumatic diseases that affect more men then women. Most patients are men between 20 to 40 years old with worse morning stiffness and pain which improves as you become more active. It typically affects the spine first but can cause joint pain in other areas such as the knees and hips. It is a disease that most patients have a positive blood test called an hla-b27.
Spine stiffness. Stiffness and pain in neck, back, and buttocks which worsens late at night and improves with activity. Symptoms start early in life, eg age 20 or 30, and persist. Joints, eyes and other organs can get inflammed. Family history is important. A rheumatologist can diagnose this.
Ank spondy. Morning sitfness with back pain kyphosis and fused si joints on pelvis xray Enbrel (etanercept) has a spondylitis indication see rheumatologist.

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/.