• Ankylosing Spondylitis Symptoms

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

The primary symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis involve the spine.

  • Symptoms usually start gradually and the disease can actually take 8 to 10 years to develop fully
  • Chronic pain and stiffness in the centre of the spine or the whole spine are the main symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  • The pain may radiate to buttocks or thighs.

Certain other symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis include:

  • Uveitis, i.e. inflammation of the anterior chamber of the eye with redness and eye pain. This causes the patient to experience floaters in eyes and intolerance to light.
  • Chest pain and generalized fatigue.
  • Calcaneal spurs may also develop.
  • Inflammation of aorta, apical lung fibrosis and distension of the sacral nerve root sheaths may occur.
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