Welcome MIgrunt to HealingWell!
What sort of medications are you currently taking?
I also developed ankylosing spondylitis along with the myriad of other delightful problems, it's not fun. Those AS spasms are the WORST!
Diagnosed with the AS officially in 2004, but was feeling it since about 2000.
I started Enbrel in late 2003 for RA & AS. The Enbrel worked wonders for the AS pain, spasms etc...
I also found that to break a bad spasm, if I take a 5mg diazepam...on the onset of or when you "kinda know" it's going to happen, it makes it go away or less severe at the least.
But I must admit that there was a marked difference with the AS while on Enbrel. Can't say too much about it putting the RA in check.
On HUMIRA now. That's not approved for AS...but I still keep the diazepam. It's @ a manageable level the backpain. I also use LidoDerm patches and get steroid injections when needed. Oral steroids as well.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam & too many others.