Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in the spine fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. If ribs are affected, it may be difficult to breathe deeply.Ankylosing spondylitis affects men more often than women. Signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis typically begin in early adulthood. Inflammation also can occur in other parts of the body, most commonly eyes.
Causative factors for Ankylosing spondylitis:
Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called HLA-B27 are at significantly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis.
Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. The areas most commonly affected are:
- The joint between the base of the spine and pelvis
- The vertebrae in lumbosacral region
- The places where tendons and ligaments attach to bones, mainly in spine, but sometimes along the back of the heel
- The cartilage between the breastbone and ribs
- Hip and shoulder joints
How to diagnose an Ankylosing spondylitis?
There is no specific test to diagnose an ankylosing spondylitis, but imaging by X-ray and MRImay show the evidence of inflammation of the sacroiliac joint between the sacrum and the ilium. Some symptoms may help to diagnose:
- Inflammatory back pain with stiffness and pain that is worse in the morning and improved with continuous movement.
- Reduced mobility of the spine
- Reduced ability to expand the chest
How Homoeopathy helps to cure Ankylosing spondylitis?
Homoeopathic medicines work by optimizing the body’s overactive immune (defense) system. The stage of the disease at which the homoeopathic treatment is started, is a major factor in determining the outcome of the treatment. If the treatment is started in the initial stages when not too much of the elastic tissue is lost, the prognosis are very good and the condition can be reversed in most of the cases.
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic remedies:
Kali Carb: Kali Carb is a valuable remedy to use when back feels extremely weak with pain and stiffness. Feeling of paralytic weakness in back and must lie down. While walking back gives out and the patient has to sit down. The back is very painful and stiff and feels as if it was broken. The pain from lower back may extend down the thighs or ascend to upper back.
AesculusHip: It is one of the best Homeopathic remedies to begin treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. The main indicating feature is marked pain in lumbosacral area of the back and hips with extreme stiffness.Pain from the back may radiates to thighs. Pain may be of aching, sore, tearing nature or it is can be severe that it may give sensation of a broken back. Rising from seat, walking and stooping are all difficult and painful.
Rhus Tox: This is the best Homeopathic remedy to treat various kinds of pain. In ankylosing spondylitis it is applicable when pain and stiffness in back and hips is worse when person is at rest. Pains are aggravated after a period of inactivity. Walking helps to relieve the backache and hip pain. There is marked stiffness, lameness and pain in lumbosacral area of back and hips.
Cimicifuga: It is the best homeopathic medicine for ankylosing spondylitis when there is marked stiffness in neck area. Excessive stiffness in neck with severe pain. Neck muscles feel retracted. Neck stiffness is worsened in cold air. Lumbosacral pains extending down hips and thighs.