Spotting Ankylosing Spondylitis A.S.A.P.
One of the biggest issues of ankylosing spondylitis is how long it takes to be sure you’ve actually got it. The problem is that, in its early stages, ankylosing spondylitis symptoms can look like a range of less-serious issues. It’s all too easy to put that little bit of back pain down to yesterday’s heavy bag or last night’s awkward sleeping position.
There is no one test to confirm the presence of AS. Blood tests or an MRI scan can help your doctor get closer to a diagnosis but these are unlikely to be carried out during a routine health check. So how can you tell if those aches and pains could be more than they seem?
Dr Shashank Akerkar, Consultant Rheumatologist and regular This AS Life contributor, has created a video and shared some questions below for anyone worried that their back pain might be AS