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• Physical therapy – a physical therapist can tailor special exercises for you that are specifically aimed at AS. Movement reduces pain and increases mobility, but it’s important to talk to your physical therapist before you attempt your own exercise regime as some exercise could cause damage and they will know what types of exercise are safe.

Contact your local support group or organization for AS sufferers, as some of them sell exercise DVDs for people with AS and you can also make friends with other people going through the same thing.

See these websites for further information:

Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting, in addition to running a charity for people damaged by vaccines or medical mistakes.

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I am totally new here, age 51, have always had lots of pain diagnosed mental hypocondriac, anyway now ankylosing spondylitis, was experiencing loads of pain in lower back, saw Dr, Specialist he diagnosed AS, dr said nsaids were my lot. I felt I need massage, manipulation, physio I saw would not do anything, so I got a TENs machine Electrical nerve stimulation pads where the pain is - fantastic. nothing to lose loads to gain, I got mine off TV Dr Hos. Waiting to see a Rheumatologist.

April 13, 2012 - 5:38pm
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There are many other treatment plans NOT listed. NSAIDs are the first line, and frequently other DMARDs like Azulfadine or methotrexate are added. The latest treatments that are very effective in rapidly reducing fatigue, stiffness and pain are the biologicals like Humira, Enbrel and Remicade.

The lastest research indicates early, aggressive treatment can limit the damage of this disease.

May 10, 2010 - 8:43pm
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