Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. It is an inflammatory disease, ankylosing spondylitis (or AS) is characterized by pain and stiffness and can lead to loss of mobility. It can affect anyone of any age. Ankylosing spondylitis affects men more often than women. Children may also be affected by a form of AS termed “juvenile ankylosing spondylitis”, seen in children younger than 16 years of age.

Ankylosing Spondylitis previously known as Bechterew’s disease, Bechterew’s syndrome marie strumpell disease. It is a systemtic rheumatic disease and is one of the seronagative spondyloarthropathies. People with ankylosing spondylitis can also have arthritis in joints other than the spine. This feature occurs more commonly in women.

CAUSES

  • genetic or family history
  • It’s not known exactly what causes AS, but in many cases there seems to be a link with a particular gene known as HLA-B27.

SYMPTOMS: –

  • pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips
  • Neck pain, fever and fatigue,
  • loss of mobility and loss of appetite
  • Pain in ligaments and tendons

INVESTIGATIONS

ESR, MRI Scan, CRP, CBC, Gentic test (HLA B27), X-Ray, Schober’s test

HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. Homeopathic Remedies for Ankylosing spondylitis are Calc carb, Phos acid, Phosphorus, Silicea, Sulphur and Symphytum etc.

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