Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Ankylosing Spondylitis is a gradually progressing, chronic illness that is very often neglected or overlooked during the early stages.1

You may have unwittingly experienced early signs of Ankylosing Spondylitis without ever relating it to the disease; or you may be one of the lucky few who have had professional help and a proper diagnosis early on. 

  

Early signs of Ankylosing Spondylitis1

Pain which is:

  • Persistent
  • Located deep in the lower back (usually on both sides) or buttock
  • Worsens with rest and improves with activity
  • Different from muscular pains which generally improves with rest and worsens with activity

Affected body parts

Sometimes eyes, bowel and lungs are also affected2

  

Keep track of your symptoms, FIGHT THE FUSE!

 

Every symptom has its consequence1,2

 

Since Ankylosing Spondylitis is a gradually progressing disease, it is important for you to know how to identify that your condition is worsening.

Progression can be easily identified if you become aware of the subtle signs that your body gives you. A few signs are listed below:1,2,3

- Increasing stiffness in the morning
- Daily pain
- Restricted movement
- Inability to do daily tasks with ease
- Increasing dependency
- Increasing immobility


Notify your doctor if the duration and intensity of any of these symptoms is increasing. It could be a reflection of disease progression, manifesting as bone growth at spinal vertebral edges leading to spinal fusion over time.1


Avoid the unwanted consequences of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Now is the time to FIGHT THE FUSE!

 

Ask your Rheumatologist about therapies and biologics that slow down spinal fusion.

References: 1. Sieper J, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2002;61(Suppl III):iii8–iii18. 2. Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis Available [Online] at: https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/ankylosing-spondylitis#1 Accessed on 10 Dec 2018. 3. Gran JT, et al. British Journal of Rheumatology1997;36:766-771.

 

Disclaimer: The signs and symptoms mentioned on this page are purely for information/ awareness purposes. These symptoms are not meant for self-diagnosis or self-prognosis. Should you notice any of these symptoms, please consult a registered medical practitioner for proper advice and diagnosis.