Musculoskeletal disorders

Ankylosing spondylitis

About Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes swelling between your vertebrae, which are the disks that make up your spine, and in the joints between your spine and pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an immune disease. The disease is more common and more severe in men. It often runs in families.

Early symptoms include back pain and stiffness. These problems often start in late adolescence or early adulthood. Over time, ankylosing spondylitis can fuse your vertebrae together, limiting movement.

Top Medications for Ankylosing spondylitis according to our users

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  • Pain reliever > Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

    • Celebrex
      (Celecoxib)
      Prescription only

      Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Indocin
      (Indomethacin)
      Prescription only

      Indocin (Indomethacin) works well for mild to moderate pain and swelling, but it shouldn't be used long-term since it has some serious side effects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
    • Naproxen
      Prescription or OTC

      Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release tablet
      • Liquid
    • Voltaren
      (Diclofenac sodium)
      Prescription only

      Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) works well for pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Eye drops
  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

    • Cimzia
      (Certolizumab)
      Prescription only

      Cimzia (Certolizumab) is an effective medicine to calm down your immune system, but it can be expensive and it requires a lot of monitoring while you're taking it.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Enbrel
      (Etanercept)
      Prescription only

      Enbrel (Etanercept) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      Men

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      Women

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

    • Cimzia
      (Certolizumab)
      Prescription only

      Cimzia (Certolizumab) is an effective medicine to calm down your immune system, but it can be expensive and it requires a lot of monitoring while you're taking it.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Enbrel
      (Etanercept)
      Prescription only

      Enbrel (Etanercept) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      Men

      Not enough review data. Review it!

      Women

      Not enough review data. Review it!

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection

Medication side effects for Ankylosing spondylitis

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abdominal pain.

  • Voltaren: 6%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Ankylosing spondylitis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Have support somewhere and strive to be positive. Do a job that serves others and you will have less time to dwell upon the despair this disease causes. I teach, so it can't be about me...
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • When it is bad, I tell myself that anyone can do anything for "X" amount of time. The worse it is, the shorter the goal. It is essential to believe that you CAN do it. Give up and your ability to fight the disease diminishes.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Epson salt baths, high quality ice packs, and stretching (even though it hurts!) I wear gloves and socks at night to protect and compression my joints.