Living With Ankylosing SpondylitisFriday, March 16, 2012 - 14:42
Ankylosing spondylitis affects different people in different ways.
- The pain and stiffness will come and go. It will sometimes disappear completely for a while.
- In the most severe cases, the entire spine can become stiff and bent, so that the person cannot look at the horizon. This condition is called kyphosis.
- People with mild disease will never develop this stoop, but it is hard to make early predictions about the severity of the disease in each person.
How To Information:
Careful attention to posture and exercise, however, works against the tendency to stoop. Here are some steps you can take:
Need To Know:
Q: Will I physically be able to maintain a pregnancy if I have ankylosing spondylitis?
A: Unless the condition is very severe, pregnancy is not usually a problem for women with ankylosing spondylitis. However, pregnant women should not take anti-inflammatory drugs.
Most people with ankylosing spondylitis can look forward to productive lives with just a few adjustments for coping with the disease. In fact, living an active life is one of the best ways to treat ankylosing spondylitis.
With exercise and activity, as well as proper medical management, symptoms can be relieved and controlled, and normal life activities can be continued.