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Posted by: Delilha | 2010-06-28

Painful joints

Painful shoulders, ankles, hips, knees, elbows and wrists - brother just diagnosed with advanced AS - could I have it too?

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The symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis are related to inflammation of the spine, joints, and other organs. Fatigue is a common symptom associated with active inflammation. Inflammation of the spine causes pain and stiffness in the low back, upper buttock area, neck, and the remainder of the spine. The onset of pain and stiffness is usually gradual and progressively worsens over months. Occasionally, the onset is rapid and intense. The symptoms of pain and stiffness are often worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of inactivity. The pain and stiffness are often eased by motion, heat, and a warm shower in the morning. Because ankylosing spondylitis often affects adolescents, the onset of low back pain is sometimes incorrectly attributed to athletic injuries in younger patients. If you have concerns consult with your G.P. who may then refer you to a rheumatalogist. If tests are negative consult an osteopath in your area for a more natural solution to your aches and pains.

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