What is Ankylosing Spondylitis Medications?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that involves the spine, sacroiliac joints, and other joints such as the hips and shoulders. It is in a category of arthritis called spondyloarthropathy. Other spondyloarthropathies include reactive arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Men develop ankylosing spondylitis three times more often than women do. People with ankylosing spondylitis develop the disease prior to age 45. Symptoms include the following: Frequent lower back pain Back stiffness first thing in the morning or after a long rest period Pain or tenderness of the ribs, shoulder blades, hips, thighs, and bony points along the spine Pain and tenderness in joints other than the spine may accompany the condition Eye pain, watery eyes, red eyes, blurred vision, and sensitivity to bright light (The disease sometimes affects the eyes and other organs.)