Ankylosing Spondylitis

ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic chronic type of arthritis mainly causing inflammation of the spine and the lower back joints but it can also be found In other parts of the body.

Causes of ankylosing spondylitis basic facts about the disease.

The cause of ankylosing spondylitis (a chronic  dissorder) is unknown to conventional medicine; however, it is suspected to be a result of an abnormal defense mechanisms in our own body and a few hereditary and environment factors. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body gets it "cables" crossed and starts attacking its own cells thinking it is targeting enemy cells within.

Fundamental facts about ankylosing spondylitis.

Ankylosing spondylitis - attacks the spine causing low to severe pain. Symptoms include stiffness from the neck down to the lower back region. The bones of the spine (vertebrae) can fuse together causing the spine to go rigid. Changes may be mild or severe, and may lead to a bad posture and in some cases even malformation.

Some interesting news in the field of treatment for ankylosing spondylitis in the form of a holistic protocol is said to have had a remarkable success rate with ankylosing spondylitis patiants and related autoimmune conditions.

Until such time as a cure has been found the primary treatment for ankylosing spondylitis is aimed at making life a little easier for patients by bringing down inflammation and swelling so reducing the pain it causes.

Who are the targets of ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is more commonly found in men. It is also found in women but it affects women differently and less severe than men.

Ankylosing spondylitis can also affect young people, with some as young as 10 years old. Acording to research over the last few years people older than 45 will have a less likely chance of developing  ankylosing spondylitis.

Inflammation in women more often attacks the wrists, hips
pelvis and knees. Men on the other hand suffer more in the spine, shoulders, chest and pelvis.

Genetics, autoimmunity or something else?

There is no exact known cause of how people contract ankylosing spondylitis, although heredity seems to be a key factor from research done so far. More specifically, people possessing the HLA-B27 gene have an increased chance of developing ankylosing spondylitis. While only 6% of the population carry this gene, it is found in an overwhelming 93% of those suffering from Ankylosing spondylitis.

If you recognise and suffer with any of these symptoms and you think you may have ankylosing spondylitis you should seek out help as soon as possible.

About Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis has many other names such as - Bechterew's disease, poker back, Marie Strumpell disease, rheumatoid spondylitis, spondyloarthritis.

A chronic inflammatory disease which attacks the spine and the sacroiliac joints, causing arthritis. It can also cause fatigue, inflammation of the eyes, nflammation of the bowels, weight loss, and photosensitivity.

These symptoms vary and may eventually improve, or grow worse over time.

In some cases new bones have been known to grow in an attempt to heal the inflammations thus causing rigid stiffening of the joints and spine.

As stated above this disease is three times more prevalent in men than in women but this may be due to the fact that women take a considerably longer time to be diagnosed.

For those suffering from a severe case of ankylosing spondylitis and more advanced cases it could eventualy lead to joint replacment surgery.

Some new developments in the research stages of the cause of ankylosing spondylitis seem to offer new found hope to people suffering from this disease.

Arthritis Of The Spine and Lower Back Joints

The arthritis connection of ankylosing spondylitis is well established. There are around 100 types of arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis is one of them, also called arthritis of the spine. Arthritis causes inflammation of the spine and lower back joints which results in pain and stiffness of the whole back area. This may cause the bones to fuse together, eventually leading to complete immobility of the spine. This fusion is called ankylosis.

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