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

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.
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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
27
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (9) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (6) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (7)
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 (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (3) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)

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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 11 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dark colored urine diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (9) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (6) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising gastritis 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (7)
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
upset stomach
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for ankylosing spondylitis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
water retention in hands and feet
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
ankylosing spondylitis (3) 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 (5)
  • 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 3
20s 76
30s 289
40s 383
50s 393
60s 217
70+ 61
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 175
20-29 years 206
30-39 years 156
40-49 years 113
50-59 years 41
60-69 years 8
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 447
Female 985

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 824
Not Diagnosed 46

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