Ankylosing spondylitis

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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.

Common symptoms reported by people with ankylosing spondylitis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with ankylosing spondylitis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (32) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (18) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (13) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Indocin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (8) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)

Data from patients with ankylosing spondylitis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with ankylosing spondylitis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (19 evaluations)
Side effects
immune system weak nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (32) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach abdominal pain 5 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (18) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
rash or skin problems bruising 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dark urine abdominal cramps 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea stomach pain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (13) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sepsis (blood poisoning)
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Indocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (8) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (8)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with ankylosing spondylitis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has ankylosing spondylitis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 76
30s 255
40s 351
50s 324
60s 175
70+ 33
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 168
20-29 years 191
30-39 years 149
40-49 years 106
50-59 years 39
60-69 years 6
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 744
Not Diagnosed 43

These charts show data from ankylosing spondylitis patients who have completed their condition history
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