Our immune system does a very good job of helping to keep us safe from disease. As effective as it is, though, our immune system can sometimes work against us. It will sometimes attack our own bodies in what is known as an autoimmune disease. Ankylosing spondylitis is one of many examples of an autoimmune disease.
Ankylosing spondylitis attacks joints and other parts of the body, causing inflammation. This inflammation can cause pain and also limit mobility. The condition is considered to be a type of arthritis.
Ankylosing spondylitis causes some very unwelcome symptoms, some of which can have a considerable impact on the patient’s quality of life.
Symptom #1: Pain Gets Worse When Still
When we have an illness or injury, we will often do what we can to prevent it from getting worse. This will often mean staying as still as we can and doing what we can to protect the area. Sometimes, though, remaining still can have the opposite effect.
One of the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis is that the patient will feel more pain if they remain stationary for a while. This means that sitting for a long time can be agonizing for them, while they can also experience a great deal of pain in the morning. This occurs because the chemicals that cause inflammation are able to settle in the joints.