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How do I know if I have ankylosing spondylitis?

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There is no specific test to diagnose ankylosing spondylitis, but imaging by X-ray and MRI may show evidence of inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. Some symptoms may include:

Your doctor may order blood tests that can suggest ankylosing spondylitis. You may also have anemia.

  • Inflammatory back pain (gradual in onset, lasting over 3 months, with stiffness and pain that is worse in the morning and improved with movement)
  • Reduced mobility of the spine
  • Reduced ability to expand the chest

SOURCES: 

American College of Rheumatology. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

Spondylitis Association of America. 

Sportsinjuryclinic.net.

Reveille, J. Am J Med Sci., 2011 Apr; 341(4): 284-286.

Brown, M. , Dec. 2005. Arthritis & Rheumatism

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES: 

American College of Rheumatology. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

Spondylitis Association of America. 

Sportsinjuryclinic.net.

Reveille, J. Am J Med Sci., 2011 Apr; 341(4): 284-286.

Brown, M. , Dec. 2005. Arthritis & Rheumatism

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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