What’s your diagnosis?
Diagnosis starts with the analysis of your symptoms. Should you notice any symptoms be sure to consult and tell your doctor about the following1:
- Age of onset of pain – second or third decade of life
- Area of pain – e.g. lower back / hips / deep in the buttock
- Time of pain and stiffness – e.g. early morning
- Whether symptoms relieve on activity/ worsen with inactivity
- Limited physical function, if any
Your doctor may suggest a combination of laboratory tests and imaging to diagnose Ankylosing Spondylitis. Imaging techniques have advanced technologies that can look for signs of Ankylosing Spondylitis in the spine at early stages of the disease4-6.
Right diagnosis and appropriate treatment is key to deal with the pain, fatigue and stiffness and ultimately delay the process of spinal fusion. It’s up to you to FIGHT THE FUSE.
Ask your Rheumatologist about therapies and biologics that slow down spinal fusion.
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