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Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondilatis. What is the treatment for this?

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I was recently diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondilatis, What is the treatment for this?
Posted Mon, 4 Nov 2013 in Lupus
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 1 hour later
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Dear Madam,

Thank you for posting your query on XXXXXXX

Well looking into the problem its like you have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis . There are no specific guidelines and the treatment is tailored according to the need of the patient . The joints and damage to spine which has already occured cannot be reversed but further damage and symptomatic pain relief with easing of stiffness of back can be done .

Sulphasalazine , Methotrexate are the drugs that are generally used for this disease . Pain can be controlled by antiinflammatory drugs like etoricoxib , ibuprofen etc.

Regular physiotherapy is highly recommended and contributes to resolution of symptoms as great as the drugs .

Other group of drugs are biological agents like infliximab which are the best drugs but are quite costly as repeated dosing is necessary . As you are 72 years of age any drugs will be given according to the comorbidities present .

Take care.

Dr. Shruti
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