Although many people with ankylosing spondylitis have mild back pain that
comes and goes, others develop severe, constant, debilitating pain that
can cause the spine to become inflexible.
- Early signs of ankylosing spondylitis include pain and stiffness in the
lower back and buttocks, especially upon waking and after periods of inactivity.
Sometimes the pain will disturb one from sleep. The pain begins as a gradual,
dull pain that intensifies over time.
- Eye or bowel inflammation
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
The most severe cases of ankylosing spondylitis have symptoms that include:
- Decreased range of motion, due to fusion of the bones
- Calcification and fusion of the bones, including rib cage, that makes breathing difficult
Because the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis are similar to other inflammatory
diseases, it is important to be seen by a specialist in order to be properly
diagnosed and treated (see
Diagnosing and Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis). At the
Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, our specialists have advanced training in diagnosing and treating conditions
of the spine.
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