What Is Anklyosing Spondylitis
(AS)? Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is one of the many types of arthritis. The word
"ankylosing" means joining together or stiffening. The word "spondylitis" means
inflammation of the vertebral bones of the spine. Inflammation of the bones in
spondylitis leads to
degeneration, pain and loss of joint motion. This autoimmune disease
typically affects the spine but can been seen in other areas, especially the
spondylitis is a type of
arthritis of the spine. It
swelling between vertebrae. These are the disks that make up your spine
and in the joints between spine and pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an
autoimmune disease. This means immune system, which normally protects body
from infection, attacks body's own tissues. The disease is more common and more
severe in men. It often runs in families.
Diagnosing Anklyosing Spondylitis Anklyosing Spondylitis is an autoimmune disease. This is a form of arthritis
which predominantly hits young men between the age of 20 and 40. It is
hereditary and can be diagnosed by a blood test to detect a particular antigen
called HLA-B27. It mainly attacks the large sacro-iliac joints in
the lower back, and if not treated can cause fusion of the joints, causing the
person to become bent over and fixed.
Early symptoms include back pain
These problems often start in late adolescence or early
Over time Ankylosing Spondylitis can fuse vertebrae together,
Remedies For Anklyosing Spondylitis
Aesculus Marked pain in lumbosacral area of the back
and hips with extreme stiffness. Pain from the back may radiates to thighs.
Pain may be of aching, sore, tearing nature or it is can be severe that it
may give sensation of a broken back. Rising from seat, walking and stooping
are all difficult and painful. The patient has to make repeated efforts to
rise from seat. Severe pains and stiffness in lumbosacral region make it
impossible to walk. Pain in sacroiliac region and back appears and person
feels as if legs and back would give out when walking. Back is extremely
rigid, stiff, weak and painful.
Calcarea carbonca Pain as if sprained; can scarcely rise; from
over lifting. Pain between shoulder blades, impeding breathing.
Rheumatism in lumbar region; weakness
in small of back. Curvature of dorsal vertebrae. Nape of neck stiff and rigid.
Calcarea phosphoricum Rheumatic pain and stiffness of neck with
dullness of head, from slight drought of air. Cramp like pain in neck first one
side then the other (right to left). Throbbing or jerking pains below scapula.
Violent pain in region of back when making the least effort. Backache and
uterine pains. Sharp pains in sacrum and coccyx. Soreness as if separate in sacro illiac synchondrosis. Curvature of the spine to the left, lumbar vertebrae
bend to the left, spina bifida. Soreness in sacro iliac symphysis, as if broken.
Tension and cramp like drawing in muscles of
neck, especially on moving head. Miliaria on neck. Boring pain between scapulae.
Spondylitis of cervical vertebrae. Eruption, painful to touch, on back,
shoulder blades, neck, and chest. Burning pain in a spot above small of
back. Itching stitch in coccyx, fine stitches in coccyx and sternum.
tingling sensation in back and loins.
Rigidity of nape of neck. Pressure on shoulders.
Swelling of neck. Engorgement of axillary glands and of those of nape of neck
and of neck. Paralyzed sensation in upper sacrum and lower lumbar vertebrae.
Contusive pain in loins and back (as if back were broken), especially after
having been seated a long time, hindering walking, rising up, or making the
least movement. Pain in small of the back when rising from a stooping position.
Sensitiveness of spinous processes of dorsal vertebrae to pressure. Softening of
spine. Heat or burning in back, between scapula. Tearing pain and stitches in and
beneath both scapula. Pain in coccyx impeding easy motion, can find no
comfortable position, followed by painful stiffness of nape. Coccyx painful to
touch as from an ulcer. Transient pain from coccyx though spine to vertex that
drew head back during the stool. Backache and palpitations prevail.
Rheumatic and gouty symptoms well marked. Rheumatism in the
hot season. The modality of always being worse before a storm is a
guiding symptom. Better after the storm breaks, warmth, and eating.
Worse before a storm. All symptoms reappear in rough weather, night, towards
Silicea Stiffness of nape, with headache. Swelling of
glands of nape, in the neck, and under the axillae (with suppuration), sometimes
with induration. Suppuration of axillary glands. Caries of clavicle. Stitches
between the hips. Coccyx painful, as after a long carriage ride. Stinging in os
coccyges on rising, painful to pressure. Scabby elevation on coccyx, above
fissure of nates. Pain in the loins, which prevents rising up, and forces
person to remain lying down. Inflammatory abscess in lumbar region.
Weakness and paralytic stiffness in back, loins, and nape. earing and shooting
[pain in the back. Shootings in the loins, when seated or
lying down. Burning in back when walking in open air and becoming warm. Aching,
shooting, burning, and throbbing in lumbo-sacral region. Swelling and
distortion of spine (curvature of the vertebrae). Contusive pain between the
Sulphur Stiffness of neck, in nape, with paralytic,
sprained pain. Person cannot hold head up neck muscles so weak. Tetters on nape.
Swelling and inflammation of glands of nape and of neck. Swelling and
suppuration of axillary glands. Cracking in vertebrae of neck, especially on
bending backwards. Weakness and wrenching pains, or pain as from a bruise in
loins, coccyx, and in back, especially on walking, or rising from a seat.
Gnawing pain in small of back. Pain in small of back not permitting one to stand
erect. Finds himself at night lying on back. Cannot lie on back on account of
rush of blood to head. Pain in back after manual labor. Shooting pain in loins,
back, and shoulder blades, sometimes with obstructed respiration. Sharp and
rheumatic pains, drawing, tension, and stiffness in loins, back and nape.
Pinching and burning sensation between the shoulder blades. Tension and bruised
pain between scapulae and in nape, which on moving head goes to shoulders.
Stitches beneath scapulae which take away the breath. Drawing in right scapula,
evening on going to sleep. Tearing in left scapula while sitting. Needle shoots
at point of left scapula. Sprained pains in back. During whole day aching in
small of back, worse when urinating. Distortion and curvature of spine.
Vertebrae softened. Cracking of vertebrae on bending head backward.
Pain in back from a fall, from sexual excess.
Pott's disease after injury. Much used among herbalists in caries
of spinal and other bones. Facilitates union of fractured bones;
lessens peculiar pricking pain; favors production of callous; when trouble is of
nervous origin. Irritability at point of fracture; periosteal pains after wounds
Causes Symptoms and Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis
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