Signs and Symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis

The signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis can vary from person to person and may include the following:

Back pain and stiffness: This is typically the most common symptom and is often worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The pain may improve with movement.

Limited range of motion: Ankylosing spondylitis can cause the spine to become stiff and inflexible, leading to a reduced range of motion in the back.

Fatigue: People with ankylosing spondylitis may experience fatigue due to the chronic inflammation and pain associated with the condition.

Eye inflammation: Ankylosing spondylitis can cause inflammation in the eyes, leading to redness, pain, and light sensitivity.

Chest expansion: Ankylosing spondylitis can cause the spine to fuse together, leading to a reduced ability to expand the chest when breathing.

Other joint involvement: Ankylosing spondylitis can also cause inflammation in other joints, such as the hips, knees, and ankles.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Stooped posture in response to back pain (bending forward tends to relieve the pain)
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Organ damage, such as to the heart, lungs, and eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Digestive illness (such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis)

It’s important to note that these symptoms may not occur in everyone with ankylosing spondylitis, and the severity of the symptoms can vary widely. Many of these symptoms may also be caused by other health problems. Make sure to see your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.