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Can I lead a normal life since having recurring pain after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylytis?

Hi Dear Doctor!
My son (26 Yrs) has been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Pain in Neck for almost one & a half year & gradually his neck became quite stiff, neck movement restricted. His Doc gave him...... D-3, NUCOXIA & MECOBALTabelets for almost three months with few Steroid injections. He was alright for 4-5 months, but now again complaining of pain. He was also suggested some exercise, but was not very perticular.
Salt of NUCOXIA = Paracitamol & Etoricoxib
Please tell can this be treated or.......how he can live a normal life.

Dharmvir Khunger
Mon, 27 Jan 2014
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Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis typically involves the use of medications to reduce inflammation and/or suppress immunity to stop progression of the disease, physical therapy, and exercise.Nucoxia contians etoricoxib which is used to relieve pain and inflammation. The prognosis for patients with ankylosing spondylitis is very much dependent upon the location and severity of its manifestations. The prognosis is best for those who maintain close monitoring with the treating doctors and who incorporate physical activities designed to maintain mobility. If he is smoking its better quit smoking. Oral or injectable corticosteroids (cortisone) are potent anti-inflammatory agents and can effectively control spondylitis and other inflammations in the body, but cant be used for longer time. I advice him to follow the doctors advice and he can lead near normal life. Regards
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