Ankylosing spondylitisAnkylosing Spondylitis : Complications and Management
Frequently Asked Questions
An inflammatory, degenerative condition of the axial spine is known as ankylosing spondylitis. The two most prevalent symptoms of this illness are increasing spinal stiffness and chronic back pain.
- Ankylosing spondylitis is commonly diagnosed in adults under the age of 40, and more than 80% of patients experience their first symptoms before the age of 30.
- Fewer than 5% of patients over the age of 45 present.
- Cases are higher in men than women.
- Family members of patients who are impacted are at a greater risk.
- The likelihood of developing the condition may be increased in people with psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease.
- Genetics-The HLA-B27 gene raises the chance of ankylosing spondylitis, according to studies, although having the gene does not guarantee you will have the condition.
- Environment-Many people who carry the gene do not show any symptoms or discomfort related to ankylosing spondylitis; hence, scientists believe environmental variables may also be involved.
- Diseases- a person with psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis found to suffer from AS more easily than others.
Some common symptoms are:
- Long lasting Backache
- Pain in Shoulders, neck, Thigh and Hip
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Swelling of the joints
- Pain and stiffness of the joint
- Low or loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- painful deep breathing
- Pain in abdomen
- Inflammatory bowel disease