Nine possible complications of ankylosing spondylitis
Complications of ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis and triggers painful inflammation in the body, most commonly centered in the back and buttocks. Symptoms can spread as the disorder progresses, with pain and inflammation commonly felt in the pelvis, hips, heels, and other large joints.
As the condition progresses, unchecked inflammation can contribute to other complications that can affect a person’s life. The effects of these complications can vary from mild to debilitating, and people should speak with a doctor to understand what their options are to help manage all of their symptoms.
1. Eye problems
As ankylosing spondylitis progresses, unchecked inflammation may occur in the eyes causing painful eyes that may be red or puffy.
The doctor or rheumatologist will often encourage a person to visit an ophthalmologist regularly to have their eyes checked.
If inflammation spreads to the eyes, it can cause symptoms, such as swollen, painful eyes that may be red or puffy. Some cases can also cause blurred and impaired vision, sensitivity to light, and severe pain.
There are prescription medications used to treat these symptoms. Wearing dark glasses also can help.