Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that, in some cases, can cause the vertebrae in the spine to fuse together. In some of the more severe case it may become extremely difficult to lift your head high enough to see forward and cause a permanent hunched position of the spine.
Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips. This pain may be most noticeable in the morning and after a period of sitting or standing.
Symptoms may be gradual at first often manifesting as mild discomfort or pain. This pain usually will increase in severity over time but often will be dormant for a few days before arising again.
Ankylosing spondylitis specific cause has yet to be identified. Recent research suggests that thee may be certain genetic factor involved. In particular, people who have a gene known as the HLA-B27 gene seem to be at a significantly increased risk of developing this condition.
As ankylosing spondylitis becomes more severe and inflammation accelerates the body will attempt to heal by forming new bone. The purpose of this bone is to fill the gaping segments between vertebrae. The body uses this bone in an attempt to fuse sections of vertebrae together. However, because of this irregular and unnatural fusion those areas of the spine will be rendered stiff and inflexible. This fusion can also cause constriction in the rib cage. This restriction can impair your lung capacity and result in an ability to breathe naturally.
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