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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a rheumatic disease that causes arthritis of the spine. It is a progressive disease and hence after the pelvic is affected, it moves on to the lower back, chest wall, neck, shoulders, hips etc.

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1. Is Anemia, an indication for Ankylosing Spondylitis?

No, Anemia is a disease where there is a deficiency of haemoglobin in the blood. It can be treated either by medication or blood transfusion (if necessary).In Ankylosing Spondylitis, anemia is an associated symptom, as the general constitution of the body is affected.

2. Any home based breathing exercise that could be done to relieve Ankylosing Spondylitis ?

Wearing loose clothing and avoiding tight straps around the chest and waist. Choosing a calm and good ventilated area. Lying on a firm surface or on the floor. Deep breathing - Slowly breathe in till your stomach bulges out and slowly breathe out, till your stomach flattens. Do not try to hold your breath or do your breathing rapidly. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes

3. Does pregnancy in an individual with Ankylosing Spondylitis cause any complication to the mother or her baby?

It does not involve any problem for mother or baby , however some medications taken by the mother can be harmful to the baby. Consult and discuss with your Doctor.

4. Which Doctor should I consult for?

A Rheumatologist,General Physician or Orthopedic Surgeon.

5. Does Ankylosing Spondylitis affect all ages at the same rate and manner?

No, Ankolysing Spondylitis can affect all ages and there is no specific manner by which it could affect an individual . Men - In men, it usually starts from the pelvis, and then gradually affects the spine , chest wall, hips, shoulder and feet. Women - In women, it is usually mild and difficult to diagnose. The order of affection starts from pelvis and gradually affects hips, knees, ankles and wrist. Children - In children, boys are affected more than girls. They rarely suffer from Back pain. The areas like Hip, Knee, Heels and Great- toe are affected first and the Spine is affected later.

6. Is Ankylosing Spondylitis a familial disease?

Ankylosing Spondylitis has hereditary influence but only one in five are affected.

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