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Ankylosing Spondylitis – Symptoms

November 23, 2021


The most common symptoms of the disease is chronic low back pain and stiffness. Such low back pain is unique in the sense that you feel worse pain and stiffness when you are not active, such as resting, in the morning, and even in the nighttime. The more active you are, the lesser is the pain. You could also get pain and stiffness in other joints, such as the hips and the shoulders. The pain and the stiffness significantly improve when you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. In rare instances, this disease could also affect other organs. The most common being the eyes. This leads to eye inflammation, also referred to as uveitis, which causes rapid onset of eye pain, redness, and photosensitivity. Untreated AS could lead to continued inflammation and new bone formation around the joints, leading to joint fusion, limited mobility of the involved joint. Your doctor will perform physical examination to look for any signs of inflammation in the spine and other joints. When the joints are inflamed, you may see joint swelling, warmth, and decreased mobility of the affected joint.

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