What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by inflammation in the vertebral joints of the spine and sacroiliac joints. Patients present with stiffness and pain in the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis is a seronegative spondyloarthropathy.

How do members experience ankylosing spondylitis?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with ankylosing spondylitis*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for ankylosing spondylitis*

*Data from patients with ankylosing spondylitis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with ankylosing spondylitis*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (4)
Treatment

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (3)
Treatment

(Enbrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (3)
Treatment

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (2)
Treatment

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (2)

*Data from patients with ankylosing spondylitis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has ankylosing spondylitis on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 43
30s 244
40s 397
50s 485
60s 343
70+ 152

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 508
Female 1,160