Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that affects your spine and causes stiffness, pain, and inflammation. Its diagnosis is often missed since it shares many symptoms with other conditions.
The symptoms of this disease can be chronic back pain, stiffness in the lower spine, and tenderness in the lower back. Patients often report pain when they bend forward, lean to the side, or twist. It is also common for people with Ankylosing Spondylitis to experience fatigue and trouble sleeping and most of the symptoms happen when the patient is inactive.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is most prevalent among males between 30-40 years old, but studies tell that women who have children after age 25 are also at risk. A family history of Ankylosing Spondylitis raises the probability of having this disease.
Morning stiffness lasts more than one hour – Stiffness that affects your job or lifestyle – Fatigue that doesn’t go away with sleep -Chest pain or difficulty breathing -Heartburn or indigestion that feels.
It can cause pain and discomfort in the low back or pelvis, as well as stiffness in the neck, hips, chest, ribs, and shoulders. The symptoms can increase the damage with time. In addition, people with ankylosing spondylitis can undergo extreme fatigue due to the lack of energy they have to go about their day-to-day lives.
If you experience any symptoms that may be indicative of Ankylosing Spondylitis, it’s important to see a Rheumatology specialist at the earliest to get diagnosed and treated so you can do your best in managing your symptoms and live a pain-free life.
Dr. Ashish K Badika has 3 years of advanced training in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology including 2 years Post Doctoral.
He has extensive exposure to Systemic Autoimmune Disorder (Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Seronegative spondyloarthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Scleroderma, Gout, Myositis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Vasculitic conditions, and Paediatric rheumatology disorders).