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Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, acute flare up of ribs sternum. Taking voltaren, nexium. Take DMARD medication?

I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis but am hlab27 negative. I have had an acute flare up of ribs sternum and thoracic for 6 months constant. I see a rheumatologist regularly and have been taking voltaren at 100mg per day for almost 4 months. Whilst it helps with my pain and I take nexium as a precaution for my stomach ~ I guess it is not fixing the root cause of the pain. He has been reluctant to put me on a DMARD as I am classed as a mild sufferer of AS. My question is will the pain eventually subside with this medication combo and just patience or am I in a position where only a DMARD will assist? I am scared of taking DMARD drugs what are the risks etc? Thank you!
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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DMRD have little role in AS only if you have peripheral joints involvement. it is not so much effective in spinal AS.if u r a mild sufferer then exercise will be very beneficial along with some pain killers(as u r taking). have a routine schedule of exercise.OK.
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