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are the following symptoms of spondylitis?Neck pain,swelling in neck,giddiness when bending down and turning neck sidewards or when seeing upwards.or does it point to some other problem?

these are symptoms of cervical spondylosis ,  (+ info)

What can I do about Ankylosing Spondylitis arthiritis?

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis arthiritis in my hip and I am looking too find a cure/medicine to treat it.

There is no cure to AS, but you can control it.

You'll have to see a rheumatologist to find out which anti-inflammatory fits you...sulfasalazine, indomethacin, biologics, etc.

The best thing you can do is to stretch and stay as flexible as you can. I normal spend time in the hot tub and the steam room. I stretch sitting down with legs out and stretch past my toes now.

If you can swim laps without any problems or pain, then it's great...there's a bunch of AS guys at our pool swimming. I walk in the pool with water weights in all different ways ~ forward, backward, cross country skiiing, sideways, then twisting the spine gently, then side to side stretching your arms out.

These links claim to cure or control it.


http://ankylosingspondylitiscure.com/app/default.asp  (+ info)

What are some good exercises to help relief back-pain with ankylosing spondylitis?

I have ankylosing spondylitis and was taking enbril but due to insurance issues can no longer afford it what are some exercises I can do to keep on top of my lower back inflammation?

Here are two good back exercises that should help you get some relief. The second one you can do all the way to the end of your tailbone if you want:
Place your left hand on your left knee. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and with your fingertips find the muscle next to your spine. Press on it and hold. Relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’t tense up any part of your body. After about 30 seconds there should be a release happening and when it does slowly lower yourself forward onto your right leg. If you can lean over the outside edge of your leg it will be better for your release. Continue holding for a total of one minute. Then release but rest your body there for one minute longer. Then reverse and do the right side.
For lower back, on the buttocks:
Put both hands behind your back and place them on the muscles alongside your spine and press on them and hold. Now relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’t tense up any part of your body. When the release starts to happen, slowly lower yourself forward as far as you can go. Then release the pressure but hold your body there for one minute longer.  (+ info)

Is there a link between Anklosing Spondylitis and Cancer? Can the symptoms for AS be similar to bone cancer?

A close friend is waiting on results of an MRI scan which is going to take a long time, and although doctors believe she has spondylitis (not full blown ankylosing spondylitis, an offshoot of it) I think she is worried it may be bone cancer...
Can anyone tell me if these 2 illnesses are obviously different or if the doctors are perhaps predicting the lesser of 2 evils so as not to worry her in the meantime?

Although they sound similar, they are different. Spondylitis indicates inflammation of the vertebrae. It is a term relating to "wear and tear" and is more common in older people. Ankylosing means fusing together and relates to an inflammatory condition which produces new bone and leads to fusion. The vigorous exercise therapy designed for people with AS might be harmful to those suffering from spondylosis. There is no proven link between cancer and AS. I add a link with a brief detail of this.
With regard to your statement that the results of the MRI will take a long time, there is no valid reason for the delay except an administrative one. For example, the diagnosing radiologist being unavailable. Which begs the question, what happens to the diagnosis and report in an emergency MRI?


I add a link for AS,


And one for Spondylitis


Hope this helps
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Which is the best mattress for cervical spondylitis in India?

My Mother has cervical spondylitis and I am looking for a firm mattress that will help alleviate the pain that she undergoes. Most websites point to a firm mattress - any idea which company has the best firm mattress in the market?

Get a "Sealy mattress"  (+ info)

How much leave can be given for spondylitis ?

A woman employee has been absent for last 2 days.

She says she has spondylitis.
whats ur exp with spondylitis ?
How long it takes to recover ?
When should i expect her to join back to work ?

Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that causes stiffness, and chronic pain. Hopefully she is on medication to help. If she's recently diagnosed, it may take a couple of months for it to really make a difference. However, she'll probably only be out a couple of days until the current symptoms subside enough for her to return. You don't recover from spondylitis; it is a chronic illness with no cure; however it can be managed.
For more information, check out the spondylitis association's website.  (+ info)

Why do so few posts mention eliminating nightshades to reduce the "flares" of ankylosing spondylitis?

Why do so few posts mention eliminating nightshades (potato, tomato, eggplant, beansprouts and peppers) as a non-invasive way of reducing the effects of ankylosing spondylitis? Further, why are anti-inflamitory foods so rarely mentioned? Combining the two "treatments" has made the difference between existing and liveing for me.

I agree. please site the evidence to support your side. And alternative medical sites are acceptable for my examination.I believe in alternative treatment and always want to learn.  (+ info)

Is there a cure for diseases of the spine called Spondylosis and Spondylitis?

Is there a cure for diseases of the spine called Spondylosis and Spondylitis. I have these disorders and experience terrible pain daily.

Strictly speaking, there is no cure as such... These cases can be managed so that the person can lead a effective and a normal life..

The main modalities of the treatment is exercise and Physiotherapy, Whihc can help one to strengthen the specific back muscles which support the diseased spine... This is the only effective modality available right now...

Topical analgesics containing Diclofenac gels can be applied any number of times, and the oral analgesics can be taken occasionally at times of excessive pain...

There are certain surgical modalities of treatment, but cannot assure 100% cure, but sure brings about relief..
Take care  (+ info)

What is the sure cure for ankylosing spondylitis?

I would like to know what is sure treatment for ankylosing spondylitis pls

No cure is known for AS, although treatments and medications are available to reduce symptoms and pain.
Physical therapy and exercise, along with medication, are at the heart of therapy for ankylosing spondylitis. Physiotherapy and physical exercises are clearly to be preceded by medical treatment in order to reduce the inflammation and pain and are commonly followed by a physician. This way the movements will help in diminishing pain and stiffness, while exercise in an active inflammatory state will just make the pain worse.
Medical professionals and experts in AS have widely speculated that maintaining good posture can reduce the likelihood of a fused or curved spine which occurs in a significant percentage of diagnosed persons. [24][25]
There are three major types of medications used to treat ankylosing spondylitis.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, which include NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, indometacin, naproxen and COX-2 inhibitors, which reduce inflammation, and consequently pain. These drugs tend to have a personal response to the pain and inflammation, although commonly used anti-inflammatory drugs like nimesulide are less effective than others. Opioid analgesics have also been proven by clinical evidence to be very effective in alleviating the type of chronic pain commonly experienced by those suffering from AS, especially in low dose time-release formulations. While NSAIDs should generally be tried first, the use of opioid analgesics either apart from or in concert with NSAIDs should not be summarily dismissed for fear of addiction, as studies have shown that patients who properly take opioid analgesics for pain rarely suffer from addiction as a result of using such opioid therapy for pain relief purposes.
DMARDs such as cyclosporin, methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and corticosteroids, used to reduce the immune system response through immunosuppression;
TNFα blockers (antagonists) such as etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab (also known as biologics), are indicated for the treatment of and are effective immunosuppressants in AS as in other autoimmune diseases;
TNFα blockers have been shown to be the most promising treatment, slowing the progress of AS in the majority of clinical cases. They have also been shown to be highly effective in treating not only the arthritis of the joints but also the spinal arthritis associated with AS. A drawback is the fact that these drugs increase the risk of infections. For this reason, the protocol for any of the TNF-α blockers include a test for tuberculosis (like Mantoux or Heaf) before starting treatment. In case of recurrent infections, even recurrent sore throats, the therapy may be suspended because of the involved immunosuppression.
In severe cases of AS, surgery can be an option in the form of joint replacements, particularly in the knees and hips. Surgical correction is also possible for those with severe flexion deformities (severe downward curvature) of the spine, particularly in the neck, although this procedure is considered risky.
In addition, AS can have some manifestations which make anaesthesia more complex.
Changes in the upper airway can lead to difficulties in intubating the airway, spinal and epidural anaesthesia may be difficult owing to calicification of ligaments, and a small number have aortic regurgitation. The stiffness of the thoracic ribs results in ventilation being mainly diaphragm-driven, so there may be a decrease in pulmonary function.
[edit]Physical therapy
All physical therapies must be approved in advance by a rheumatologist, since movements that normally have great benefits to one's health may harm a patient with AS; massages and physical manipulations should be practiced by therapists familiar with this disease. Some of the therapies that have been shown to benefit AS patients include:
Physical therapy/Physiotherapy, shown to be of great benefit to AS patients;
Swimming, one of the preferred exercises since it involves all muscles and joints in a low gravity environment;
Slow movement muscle extending exercises like stretching, yoga, tai chi, Pilates method, etc.
Moderate-to-high impact exercises like jogging are generally not recommended or recommended with restrictions due to the jarring of affected vertabrae that can worsen pain and stiffness in some patients.
[edit]Starch-free diet
The majority of patients with AS exhibit the HLA-B27 antigen and high levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the blood. The HLA-B27 antigen is also expressed by Klebsiella bacteria, which is found in high levels in the feces of AS patients. A theory suggests that the presence of the bacteria may be a trigger of the disease, and reducing the amount of starch in the diet (which the bacteria require to grow) may be of benefit to AS patients. A test of this diet resulted in reduced symptoms and inflammation in patients with AS as well as IgA levels in individuals with and without AS.[26]  (+ info)

are there any support groups for people with ankylosing spondylitis?

I would like to know if anyone suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, what are the stages, and what is the outcome for anyone who is suffering from severe ankylosing spondylitis.

Here are some places to look:

http://arthritis.about.com/od/asnews/Ankylosing_Spondylitis_Support_Groups_Online_Forum_Chat_Room.htm  (+ info)

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