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Can Ankylosing spondilitis be treated without TNF inhibitors?

By Anonymous February 5, 2013 - 5:19pm
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I am 60 yrs old and recently diagnosed. My doctor strongly recommends Enbrel, which i am not in favor of. He grew angry when i told him I have learned about the serious side effects on-line. The dr said he would not work with me and I got upset. He prescribed 500 ml of Noproven twice daily, which i take only once a day. i really hate taking any medication that can leave me worse off then beforehand.

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Hello Anonymous,

I can appreciate your concerns about the side effects associated with medications, having negative feelings about taking medication daily, and the fear that the medication could leave you worse off than you were before.

However, ankylosing spondylitis is a long-term disease that involves inflammation of the joints between the spinal bones, and the joints between the spine and pelvis. These joints become swollen and inflamed. Over time, the affected spinal bones join together.

Established treatment options include:
1) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, often referred to as NSAIDs, to reduce swelling and pain.
2) corticosteroid therapy such as prednisone
3) sulfasalazine
4) methotrexate, taken once a week
5) TNF- inhibitors

Surgery may be done if pain or joint damage is severe.

The course of the disease is hard to predict. Symptoms may come and go at any time. Most people are able to function unless the hips are severely involved.

To be quite frank, this condition is not going to go away without medical intervention. The choice is yours to make.


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