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How effective are disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

Mainly Biologic DMAR. The biologic DMARDs are bioloigical disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. These type of DMARDS are effective in ankylosing spondykiitis (AS). The non biologic DMARDs in scientific studies have not shown much efficacy. You can discuss this with your physician. Read more...

Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?

Most rheumatologists. These problems are generally best treated by rheumatologist, although astute internists, family practioners, may do a good job if trained in the uses of medicine to treat these problems. Most of my practice in rheuamtology are patients with overlap spodyloarthritis! Read more...

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...

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

What can I do about ankylosing spondylitis?

See rheumatologist. There is no cure but treatment exists that can change the lives of people with as. Whereas a progression to spine fusion and immobility was common in the past, current medications can lessen or even sometimes prevent such complications. The keys are early diagnosis and treatment by a rheumatologist. Read more...
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...

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...
Inflammatory spine . Inflammatory disease predominantly of the vertebral column, which eventually causes loss of all back and neck motion and may affect the eyes and other parts of the body. Early initiation of treatment is important. Read more...