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When should I call my doctor about ankylosing spondylitis?

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Call your doctor if:

  • You have persistent lower-back pain, that's stiff in the morning but gets better with movement and exercise
  • You have redness or swelling in the eye, or are abnormally sensitive to light. You could have iritis, a condition commonly associated with ankylosing spondylitis.

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

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