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
19
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) ankylosing spondylitis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (5) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (4) ankylosing spondylitis (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Simponi SmartJect)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (4) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cimzia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (4)

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 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (19)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6) ankylosing spondylitis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (5) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
grogginess upset stomach
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4) ankylosing spondylitis (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Simponi SmartJect)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
psoriasis
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (4) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
fever headaches 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cimzia)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
common cold
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (4)
  • 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?

  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 938 say ankylosing spondylitis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 60
30s 307
40s 398
50s 405
60s 236
70+ 80
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 176
20-29 years 209
30-39 years 157
40-49 years 115
50-59 years 43
60-69 years 9
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 469
Female 1034

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 838
Not Diagnosed 46

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