ankylosing spondolitis

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   Posted 1/27/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm new to this board. My husband has had AS for nearly 30 years. He just goes to his family doctor for treatment. I don't think he's ever seen a specialist. He takes indomethacin and that is it other than his high blood pressure meds. Once in a while he has other related problems like eyeritis and it seems to be coming more frequently.
Do you think he'd benefit from seeing a specialist? What other meds would you suggest he ask about? The indomethacin is really hard on his stomach, especially taking as long as he has.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated.

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   Posted 1/27/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, welcome to Healing Well.. I would suggest that your husband see a rheumatologist and soon.. Your hubby could be put on Enbrel, which would help him greatly. I have AS also, and with the Enbrel, I am like a new woman. I don't have to take any other additional pain meds either.. Good luck to you and please let us know what you guys decide..
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   Posted 1/27/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 1/27/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was started on Remicade and Imuran for my AS. Prior to starting those two meds, I needed one or 2 canes to walk, After my third infusion of Remicade, I was able to walk on my own! Your husband could benefit from seeing a rheumatologist that specializes in or is knowledgeable about AS.
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   Posted 1/28/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto what Ducky said! I was started on Enbrel for my AS and we added methotrexate a few months later. Made a new person out of me!
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   Posted 1/31/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   


I'm new to this site and was wondering if there is another way to diagnose AS besides x-rays?



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   Posted 2/2/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
The hallmark sign of Ankylosing Spondylitis is inflammation that can lead to the fusing of the sacroileac joints. Inflammation of the SI joints does not routinely appear on xray. SI joint damage will only show on xray when the SI joint begins to fuse or is fused. MRI is a better diagnostic tool for looking for SI joint inflammation. Other diagnostic guidelines for AS can be found here: Spondylitis Association of America

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   Posted 2/3/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
just to add:
Enbrel helped immensely for AS in my case.  Diazepam 5mg I would take for those wicked back was the only thing that broke them.
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   Posted 2/3/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   

erin k.

thanks i'm already on Enbrel for my psoriasis and psoiatic arthritis.  The low back is the most painful and prevents me from walking more that 150 feet or being on my feet for more than 5 minutes.

Any other suggestions?



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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not had to use my canes in more than a year afer being on Remicade and Methotrexate. These drugs have changed my life! Good luck to you!

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   Posted 10/29/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I take methotrexate for my AS and for my Crohn's disease.
I think a Rheumy visist would be a good idea for your husband.
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   Posted 11/9/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   


was methotrexate added specifically for your AS? did you find it helped your axial symptoms?


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