Common Symptoms Of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of spinal arthritis. This inflammatory condition may fuse the spinal discs together and cause a rigid spine. This fusing of vertebrae reduces the flexibility of a spine, which can lead to a hunched back spinal structure. Ankylosing Spondylitis is more common in men than women. But the warning signs or symptoms of this ailment start becoming visible in early adulthood itself.
Ankylosing Spondylitis can affect any part of the spine. The most common symptom of ankylosing spondylitis is lower back pain. However, the pain is a not a consistent one. It can get aggravated in the morning. Unexplained lower back pain subsides after exercise if Ankylosing Spondylitis is the cause of the pain. But non-specific lower back pain is so common among teenagers and young adults that it is hard to diagnose it based on back pain.
Pain in sacroiliac joints:
Sacroiliac joints connect the base of a spine to a pelvis. The pain in sacroiliac joints is a unique symptom of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Stiffness in back:
This seems a very simplistic symptom. But, ankylosing spondylitis causes an overgrowth of the bones. It leads to the fusion of spinal bones. It causes this type of stiffness. It almost makes it impossible to perform routine tasks independently. Fusion of ribs to a spine can put a severe restriction on the day-to-day body movements. In fact, it can constrain the rib cage, disabling the patient from taking a deep breath comfortably. Since ankylosing spondylitis affects the ligaments too, this type of stiffness is seen in heels and ankles too.
Pain in other parts of the body:
This type of pain can occur in neck, shoulder, thigh, hips, knees, ankles or other similar small joints. But, this pain typically occurs after long periods of inactivity. For example, .a sitting job for a long period, rest at night, etc. This pain is much easier to diagnose as it is not as common as the back pain. In most cases, ankylosing spondylitis patients are diagnosed due to this form of pain in knees, thighs.
Some of other symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis are as follows:
- Inflammation of bowels
- Tenderness at heels
- Chest pain
- Inflammation of eyes
- Blurred vision
If you have any of these symptoms along with a non-specific lower back pain, you must consult with a spine specialist. If any form of pain lasts for 30 minutes in morning only, it is a sure tell sign of ankylosing spondylitis. So, you must visit the nearest spine clinic for physical examination, diagnosis and treatment.