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Understanding Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Symptoms

The most common symptom of ankylosing spondylitis is chronic pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, which is typically worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Over time, the pain and stiffness can progress up the spine, leading to a hunched posture. Other symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite, and mild fever. AS can also affect other joints, such as the shoulders, knees, and ankles, causing pain, swelling, and limited mobility. In some cases, AS can lead to inflammation in the eyes (uveitis), chest pain, and difficulty breathing. It is important to note that the symptoms of AS can vary widely from person to person, and may come and go in episodes.

It is important for individuals experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In addition to physical symptoms, AS can also have a significant impact on mental health and overall well-being. Support from healthcare professionals, as well as a strong support network of family and friends, can be crucial in managing the impact of this condition on daily life.

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