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Ankylosing spondylitis: Am I healthy?

Ankylosing spondylitis: Am I healthy?

  • April 7, 2021

In one of the interviews, Vladimir Kraminik had said “Am I healthy? They say that at 40 years, something hurts every day, but in different parts of the body (laughs). I can still get out of bed without the doctor’s help. But seriously, it’s all right. And, you know, the disease has given me a lot – it shook me, changed my outlook.”

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. Chronic inflammation of the entheses and new bone formation are two cardinal features of Ankylosing spondylitis. The hallmark feature of ankylosing spondylitis is the involvement of the sacroiliac (SI) joints during the progression of the disease. The SI joints are located at the base of the spine, where the spine joins the pelvis.

 It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort.AS can also cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, ribs, heels, and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can become involved (known as iritis or uveitis), and — rarely — the lungs and heart can be affected.

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