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.

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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.