Also called: Rheumatoid spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes swelling between your vertebrae, which are the disks that make up your spine, and in the joints between your spine and pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease . This means your immune system, which normally protects your body from infection, attacks your body's own tissues. The disease is more common and more severe in men. It often runs in families. Early symptoms include back pain and stiffness. These problems often start in late adolescence or early adulthood. Over time, ankylosing spondylitis can fuse your vertebrae together, limiting movement. Symptoms can worsen or improve or stop altogether. The disease has no cure, but medicines can relieve the pain, swelling and other symptoms. Exercise can also help.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Discussions

  1. link Cat061
    I've had AS for about 16 years now
    Personally I've never heard to those meds. The first several years that I had it, no doctor seemed to be able to diagnose the problem until 5 yrs ago. - 89% more...
    Cat061- over a year ago - in Ankylosing Spondylitis
  2. link Kiwi99
    My AS
    My mother died on June 24, 2008 and we think it is due to the Enbril.. My brother, 35 and I, 39 both have AS.....I have FINALLY found the meds that wo - 52% more...
    Kiwi99- over a year ago - in Ankylosing Spondylitis
  3. link Cindy50
    No Relief For AS
    I am a 50 yr. old female, diaognoised with AS a yr. ago and Osteopenia with a compressed fracture. I have taken different meds. for the AS and now my - 60% more...
    Cindy50- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Ankylosing Spondylitis
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