Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is not limited to the involvement of only the spine/joints. There are chances that a person with AS might also have involvement of other organs like lungs, gut, heart, eyes, kidneys, etc.
It is not necessary that every person having Ankylosing Spondylitis will face some complications or comorbidities.
Some of the complications of AS are:
- Impacts mobility as we know that AS leads to chronic inflammation in the patient’s joints, therefore joint damage might occur which can lead to limited mobility.
- Lungs complications may also arise like Fibrosis.
- Bowel movements get impacted too in some cases. IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A person may show symptoms like weight loss, fatigue, blood in the stool.
- Cardiovascular compilations in form of high blood pressure, heart attacks, etc.
- Eye involvement in form of red, painful eyes is often called as Uveitis.
- Best treatment plans for AS include medications, regular exercise, and physical therapy. These treatments might be advised by the doctor based on the symptoms you are experiencing.
- People suffering from AS must visit the doctor at regular intervals. There are possible treatments that help to manage complications in an efficient way.
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).