Question: What Are The Long Term Effects Of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Does ankylosing spondylitis shorten your life?

Myth.

Not everyone with ankylosing spondylitis has severe disease or physical disability – the disease course is variable and differs greatly among patients.

It is not a life-threatening disease and many people are able to work and function normally throughout their day..

Does ankylosing spondylitis get worse with age?

Although ankylosing spondylitis is a progressive disease, meaning it tends to worsen as you age, it can also stop progressing in some people.

Can we stop progression of ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis has no cure. The earlier you and your doctor detect and diagnose it, the better. Treatment can help prevent worsening symptoms and ease what you’re experiencing. It can also slow the progression of the disease and delay the onset of additional problems.

How do you permanently cure ankylosing spondylitis?

There’s no cure for ankylosing spondylitis (AS), but treatment is available to help relieve the symptoms. Treatment can also help delay or prevent the process of the spine joining up (fusing) and stiffening. In most cases treatment involves a combination of: exercise.

Can you end up in a wheelchair with ankylosing spondylitis?

Exact words from the Rheumatologist who gave me my diagnosis: “You have Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is a rare disease, there is no cure, and you will end up in a wheelchair.

Is ankylosing spondylitis a serious disease?

Outlook. Ankylosing spondylitis is a complex disorder that can cause some serious complications when left unchecked. However, symptoms and complications for many people can be controlled or reduced by following a regular treatment plan.

What organs does ankylosing spondylitis affect?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis causes inflammation and damage in the sacroiliac joints between the spine and the pelvis. It also can affect other areas of the spine and other joints, such as the knee.

What is the life expectancy of someone with ankylosing spondylitis?

Life expectancy for those with AS is the same as that of the general population, except for patients who have the most serious forms of the disease or in whom complications develop.

What is the best medication for ankylosing spondylitis?

Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as naproxen (Naprosyn) and indomethacin (Indocin, Tivorbex) — are the medications doctors most commonly use to treat ankylosing spondylitis. They can relieve your inflammation, pain and stiffness.