Several. Non-steroidal antiinflammatories like Motrin are effective and the best to start with. Prolonged use may cause gastric pain and ulcers. The most effective drugs are tnf inhibitors like infliximab, but they are extremely expensive and pose more severe side effects. Other options exist, like sulfasalazine, and your doctor can optimize treatment as severity and one's response change over time.
Embrel. Had a as indication fda approved for this disorder check side effects though.
NSAIDs. The first line treatment for ankylosing spondylitis are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (nsaids) and a large percentage of patients have significant or complete response with this class of medications, which include naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, Piroxicam and meloxicam. Additional therapies might include oral dmards like sulfasalazine or or biologicals like Adalimumab (humira).
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.
Yes. NSAIDs such as Celebrex, (celecoxib) indomethacin or diclofenac may be sufficient for mild cases. Sulfasalazine can help if NSAIDs do not. The most effective treatments are the biologic agents such as Remicade, Enbrel or Humira. See a rheumatologist.
There are many. It depends on how the ankylosing spondylitis affects you. We use a variety of treatments including exercise, NSAIDs, Biologics given by injections or by vein. Your rheumatologist can help decide with you the best therapy.
Extension exercises. Consider exercises that extend your spine. Consult a physician and a pt.
Flexibility-Core. You want to do a complete and diverse program beginning with flexibility and postural ones to avoid becoming "fused" in a bent over position leading to increased muscular pain in that case. Cardiovascular and core strengthening will help in general while producing your own pain relievers called endorphins.
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.
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.
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.
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.