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Hello! My brother has been diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis. He has suffered with back pain for quite some time but refused to go to a doc and was taking over-the-counter pain killers. However, his pain became worse over the time when he had to check what is going on. Is there anybody who can tell me what exactly is Ankylosing spondylitis? Thx heaps!

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Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis that involves the spine. As you already know, it causes pain and stiffness in the back and bent posture. This is because of the spinal joints’ (vertebrae) inflammation. It involves the joints at the base of the spine where the spine joins the pelvis - the sacroiliac (SI) joints. Inflammation of the vertebrae can eventually cause them to fuse together leading to severely limited mobility. Inflammation of the tendons and ligaments that connect and provide support to joints can lead to pain and tenderness in the ribs, shoulder blades, hips, thighs, shins, heels and along the bony points of the spine. AS is a member of the family of diseases that attack the spine. These are named spondylarthropathies.
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