What is ankylosing spondylosis?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is among the various types of rheumatoid arthritis that affect the spine. It has acquired its name from the two Greek words: "ankylos", which means rigid articulation, and "espondilo", which means vertebrae.
In ankylosing spondylitis what happens is that, in the area where the spine and pelvis meet, there is severe inflammation. This causes rigidity throughout the region.
Ankylosing spondylitis can also affect parts other than those related to the spine. It can affect the neck, shoulders, hips, lower back and buttocks. It can also affect the entheses (the points where tendons, ligaments and bones meet).
Ankylosing spondylitis can also affect the organs: eyes, bones, heart.
Symptoms that are indicated
It is usually indicated by severe pain and stiffness in
• Lower back
• Hips, buttocks
• Shoulder joints
• Neck Pain
Fatigue, caused by the body's reaction to inflammation, is another common long-term symptom.
These symptoms can:
• Develop gradually over several weeks or months
• be more prominent in the morning or during the night
• get worse after periods of inactivity
• improve after a light exercise or a hot shower
• appear or intensify at irregular intervals
• feel on one or both sides of the body
Over time, the symptoms become chronic. At this stage, signs and symptoms include pain, stiffness and tenderness on both sides of the body. These symptoms often spread to other parts of the body.
Ankylosing spondylitis can lead to changes in posture, and some people with chronic AD may appear bent, which is known as kyphosis.
When to see a doctor?
In recent times, everyone experiences back pain of some kind or another almost every day. But knowing when to seek medical attention always helps a lot to prevent the rapid progression of the disease.
Beware of these
• Do you experience slow progressive pain in the lower back or the buttocks?
• Does the pain quotient seem high, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity?
• Is your vision blurred or do the eyes become sensitive to light along with redness of the eye, all of a sudden?
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