FAQ - Spondylitis, Ankylosing
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What is the best way to manage Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Does following a special diet work? medications? specific kind of exercies?

Yes! Following a special diet will help.

If you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS), there is very little chance of living a fully normal life, there will always be handicap. However, you can really increase your chances with the following.

1. Medical Treatment
2. Chiropractic Treatment
3. Low inflammation Diet (see chiropractor or dietician who appreciates low or anti-inflammatory diet).

These three things are going to be your best line-of-defense!!! Best of luck to you!

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Is there any alternative therapy to cure ankylosing spondylitis?

No. I'm sorry, but AS is a progressive degenerative condition. Some feel its progress can be slowed, but it currently cannot be reversed.  (+ info)

Can Ankylosing Spondylitis cause low blood pressure?

I have AS and very low BP I was wondering if my BP was related to my AS?

seems unlikely  (+ info)

ankylosing spondylitis is best cured by allopathy or ayurvedic treatment?

im a mariner yet to be boarded into ship , im suffering frm this disease which need me to be fit , so i want to get cured from it fast so plz.help me

This condition is a slowly progressive disease.I am not sure if there is any ayurvedic treatment Please consult a good rheumotologist. or a orthopaedic surgeon  (+ info)

i am suffering from ankylosing spondylitis with periphral arthritis, suggest me an effective pain killer?

I am not able to go to my job from last 5 months please help me out.

Please don't listen to anything you read here if you are really in pain.. If you are really in pain the only one that can help you is a doctor. They don't hang out here much, except for the cyber-doc's.

Here is a link that can help you

this is good, free information from medical professionals.

Except for links I would ignore 99% of what you learn on Y/A

I hope you feel relief soon.  (+ info)

Can Ankylosing Spondylitis affect your sex drive?

My boyfriend suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis. He has 3 children from a previous relationship, 2 of which are carriers. Since we found out they are carriers, he finds intercourse fruastrating at times. He knows the risk of passing AS onto his children, and this may be why the lack of his sex drive. My question is, does the disorder itself have an affect on his ability to perform? He feels bad he cant be intimate with me, tho i understand his feelings and worries completely.

AS is not a genetic disease that gets passed from one generation to another.

There is a blood marker, HLA-B27, which is correlated to AS, but it is neither definitive nor diagnostic. There are plenty of people who are HLA-B27 positive who never come down with AS. And there is a significant fraction of people who have AS but are negative on the marker.

Medical science has not reached the point where it is known why a person contracts AS, or similar diseases of the immune system.

Your boyfriend needs to find out more about the disease he has, to allay any concerns he may have about passing the disease down to his children.

That said, some AS medications may - directly or indirectly - contribute to impotency. Also, AS is frequently very painful, and the lifestyle limitations that can result can contribute to psychological problems that can also contribute to impotency.

Hope this helps.  (+ info)

What kind of doctor treats ankylosing spondylitis?

You don't want or need to see an orthopedic surgeon/doctor for AS.

Specialized care should come from a rheumatologist and even then not all rheumatologists have the knowledge base.

Once the disease has stabilized, a well-qualified general internist can usually manage treatment.  (+ info)

Any help with ankylosing spondylitis?

I am in early 20s and suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. I am fine most of the time like as though I don't have it, but when I sit on laptop for a while or wake up in the morning, my neck, back usually pains. Any ideas if can do anythngs to lessen the pain?

Aleve and Naprosyn are the medications doctors most commonly use to treat ankylosing spondylitis. They can relieve your inflammation, pain and stiffness. Your doctor may prescribe a DMARD, such as sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) or methotrexate (Rheumatrex), to treat inflamed joints of the legs and arms and other tissues. This class of drugs helps limit the amount of joint damage that occurs. "Prednisone", may suppress inflammation and slow joint damage in severe cases of ankylosing spondylitis. Physical therapy can provide a number of benefits, from pain relief to improved physical strength and flexibility.
Check the included link to the "Mayo Clinic" for more information on this condition.  (+ info)

Effective ways to treat Ankylosing Spondylitis?

I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis and have been feeling the effects for over 3 years now since I was 19. I've been on a drug called Remmicade for over a year with great results, my disease is in almost complete remission. The thing I am worried about is if anything were to ever happen with my insurance etc., there would be absolutely no way I could afford the Remmicade treatments. Have you, or do you know of any alternative treatments you have used and seen real results? I went to just about every quack doc imaginable before starting the Remmicade treatments with no luck so I am a bit discouraged with the homeopathic route.
I was on Indocen for over a year, it gave me limited mobility. Better than not walking at all, but its hard on your kidneys.

I don't know what other real medications you tried previously that didn't work.

I have had AS for over 20 years now, initially symptomatic in my late 20's. For the past 15 years (+/-) I have been treated - more or less effectively - with indocin and azulfidine.

Several years back I talked about Remicade with my doctor. He is a rheumatologist at a major teaching hospital. He said that I don't need it and most of his patients don't.

If/when you reach a point where the Remicade is not an option for you, you will just need to talk with your doctor about alternatives. They are out there.

Remicade may be one of the major new meds being used for AS, but you may be like most of us and not really need it.

Good luck with it.

TJ  (+ info)

Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms - is this normal?

My husband has recently been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and has recently said he has a 'woolly' head - there is no pain but he feels a little spacy sometimes and also keeps dropping things - is this normal? His next appointment is in three months - should he go back earlier?

you need to call the neuroligist and tell them your concerns, thats why they have people that answer the phones and nurses to help them with calls.  (+ info)

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