Ankylosing Spondylitis is a condition that affects joints in the spine. When left untreated, it leads to the erosion of bones and bone formation in the spine, which sometimes can result in spinal deformity. The main symptoms of the disease include stiffness, pain, and loss of mobility. Pain in the lower back is especially common in the early stages of the condition.
The pain and other symptoms are not limited to the back, which means it can occur in the neck, joints, legs, and heels of the foot. Ankylosing Spondylitis can make it difficult for a person to perform simple tasks and restrict movement. In severe cases, the patient cannot freely breathe.
People with this condition can also experience fatigue and have low energy. Sometimes, the disease can affect the eyes and areas around them. The inflammation can cause pain and even impair vision. Other signs include cardiovascular changes.
Ankylosing Spondylitis mostly affects men in their 20s, but everyone is at risk of developing the disease. It is more common in men, while women often don't have any symptoms, which makes it difficult to diagnose early. However, with proper care and treatment plan, patients can enjoy life and keep symptoms at bay.