Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is not that much complicated to understand like its name. Most of us not completely familiar with the term Arthritis, it is not a name of the single disease. This term is used to refer join pain, joint inflammation, and swelling informally and leading cause of disability in Americans. Ankylosing Spondylitis is a kind of Arthritis that is related to the spine and it can also be a systemic disease, as its symptoms not limited to the joints only.  Person with Ankylosing Spondylitis can also have fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

Pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back, hips for more than three months are the major symptoms of AS. No specific age defined for this disease but it strikes men in their teens and 20s often.

If it is not treated earlier than an overgrowth of the bones can be possible, which may cause abnormal joining of bones, called “bony fusion.” This fusion can stop a person’s ability to perform activities like walking, climbing etc.

Ankylosing Spondylitis affecting spine of the person and reduces the flexibility in the spine. Its cure is still in question but with early diagnosis and proper diet can reduce the symptoms and manage pain.

No one knows the actual cause of this disease but it is genetically transferable. It has nothing to do with age and gender, it’s a chronic disease. Consultation with Rheumatologist once in a year is beneficial even if you don’t have severe symptoms of AS because it helps to detect and treat any underlying complications.

Mutually blending of vertebrae causes inflexibility in the spine and that is the main cause of pain and sometimes it can cause disability and scooped posture. The early detection and treatments ensures happy living as its lifelong disease. The diet plays an important role in its treatment.

Diet and Ankylosing Spondylitis relates each other because with proper diet that includes Calcium and vitamin D helps to reduce inflammation. These ingredients specially included in the diet of a person suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis and person should avoid the use of sugar, Alcohol, cigarettes and high sodium foods..

Ankylosing Spondylitis causes sleep disruption. Pregnancy with Ankylosing Spondylitis is vulnerable to the baby as it can make you difficult to breathe and generates anaemia. Researchers found except its generic marker “HLA-B27” there are 60 more genes associates with it.

Every person with Ankylosing Spondylitis is not facing severity with AS, some people just have pain and discomfort but for some people it can lead to disability. advt.

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