Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory form of arthritis which mainly affects the spine, but can also cause pain and/or swelling in the shoulders, neck, chest/ribs, hips, lower back and buttocks. Sometimes, the eyes are also affected and the disease is linked to other conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis.
It is estimated that 0.1-0.2% of people in Ireland are living with AS, with a similar number for non-radiographic axial SpA. The disease is 2-3 times more common in males.
One of the major challenges experienced by people with AS is the length of time it can take to receive a diagnosis. This delays effective treatment and increases the risk of long-term damage.
As ankylosing spondylitis advances, it can affect a person’s ability to work. It is estimated that a third of people with AS may be unable to work at all. Around one in six may need to make changes to their working life in order to continue working.
Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis is supported by Novartis