Ankylosing spondylitis: a supposed reason for body pain

There can be different reasons for a person to feel body pain and one reason can be ankylosing spondylitis. The spondylitis is being used for a collection of medical issues which are mostly related to the spine. However, there can be other affected areas of the body which can consider cause or result of ankylosing spondylitis. Every person has a different form or type of ankylosing spondylitis. Its symptoms can be different in every human body. Its symptoms can be different in blood relations as well in case it affects more than one family member. There are some very common symptoms which for this medical issues such an eye inflammation and iritis, however, there are some rare symptoms which are related to this disease such as an effect to shoulder. In very rare cases, the patient shows some neurological symptoms of this disease. Every patient of ankylosing spondylitis complains about different types of chronic pain.

Below are internal body parts which can get inflammation in the result of ankylosing spondylitis

Chest inflammation

Costochondritis commonly known as chest pain occurs coming in adults who have ankylosing spondylitis. The chest pain can be a false signal of an angina attack. In some cases, this chest issue can also be a wrong signal of pleurisy because the patient starts feeling pain in the chest while taking a deep breath. This happens when inflammation occurs between spine and ribs.  The inflammation in these areas reduced the expansion of the chest while breathing and cause chest pain. There are some immediate remedies which patients can use to reduce irritation and chest pain. Patients can use an ice pack on the areas which are irritating and a gentle massage on the shoulder can also resolve the problem for time being.


This disease occurs because of the inflammation of Entheses. The inflammation of entheses is the condition in which the areas where joint capsules, ligaments, and tendons are attached to the bones. The Enthesitis is known as the hallmark of ankylosing spondylitis. In this condition, the patient can feel severe or mild pain in different parts of the body mainly chest, shoulders, and neck. This condition can cause swelling in the back and sacroiliac joints. The worst condition of Enthesitis causes stiffness in the backbone and it ruins the mobility power of a person especially of the body parts like foot and heals. The scarring of the tissues is the main reason which leads to Enthesitis and it became severe if left unattended for a long time.

This is a condition which does not have any remedies. The only solution is visiting the doctor. There are some specific exercises to resolve the issue, however, only a specialist can suggest the most appropriate type as per the condition of the patient.

Hip and shoulder inflammation

Most of the patients of ankylosing spondylitis complain about hip and shoulder pain. This disease effects shoulder immediately and gradually the hip pain starts. In severe condition, patients also complain about thighs pain and knee pain. Mostly young patients with ankylosing spondylitis complain about hip pain.

Problems like ankylosing spondylitis are not the ones which can be taken easily. To maintain an active lifestyle and to remain healthy, visit the doctors is a necessity. If there is a doubt about surgeries, there is no need to worry, there are un-surgical pain management process doctor can suggest.

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