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.
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.

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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 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...

How do you diagnose ankylosing spondylitis?

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

Does ankylosing spondylitis reduce longevity?

No. Not unless there are significant cardiac, pulmonary or neurologic complications from the disease. Read more...
Not true! It does. Studies in the sixties suggest increased mortality from heart disease and GI bleeding. I found 13 articles none of which suggests the contrary. Here is a recent reference: http://www.Clinexprheumatol.Org/article.Asp?A=1455 the authors included dr. Ted pincus. Bywaters from england first made the observation in the sixties! perhaps newer medications avaiable will rectify this, but not shown yet! Read more...

Do a lot of people get ankylosing spondylitis?

No. Ankylosing spondylitis is a disorder that is not common. Osteoarthritis, which is the arthritis most adults develop, is much more common. If for some reason you feel that you or someone you know has as, see a rheumatologist or your primary doctor for the appropriate tests. Read more...