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If you smoke, how can quitting help you manage your ankylosing spondylitis?

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Lighting up makes AS more damaging and hard to treat. Ask your doctor about things that can help you ditch the habit.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is ankylosing spondylitis?”

Grant Louie, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Mattey, DL, Journal of Rheumatology, December 2011.

Spondylitis Association of America: “Ankylosing Spondylitis,” “Exercise and Posture.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 13, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is ankylosing spondylitis?”

Grant Louie, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Mattey, DL, Journal of Rheumatology, December 2011.

Spondylitis Association of America: “Ankylosing Spondylitis,” “Exercise and Posture.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 13, 2020

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How can non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help control ankylosing spondylitis pain?

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