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Ankylosing Spondylitis

nscrbug2012-08-02 23:23:35 +0000 #1
Does anyone here on this forum have ankylosing spondylitis? I'm trying to learn a bit more about this auto-immune condition that causes chronic back stiffness and pain. I'm beginning to wonder if I might have AS, and am thinking about making an appointment to see a rheumatologist. Just not sure what to expect...such as how exactly, is AS diagnosed? And what are some of the treatment options?

Linda
ny biker2012-08-02 23:33:22 +0000 #2
I don't have direct experience with it, but I know several people who have it or whose close relatives have it. I think activity is important for managing it.

Good luck!
nscrbug2012-08-02 23:57:47 +0000 #3
Hmmm...interesting. Well, if activity is part of treatment...then I think I have that area covered.

This stiffness upon waking up, is getting to be unbearable. And the fact that my back DOES feel better with movement, makes me wonder if I might be dealing with AS. I checked out a few websites, and the symptoms do match what I've been experiencing for years. I think a visit to a rheumatologist is in order.

Linda

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