Ankylosing spondylitis Treatment

Ankylosing spondylitis [AS], pronounced ankle-low-zing spond-ill-eye-tiss, is a disorder characterised by inflammation [the immune system's response to injury and infection] of the spine and other tissues — including other joints.

It may sometimes progress to bony ankylosis [stiffening, or fixation, of the joint due to disease process], along with the formation of a ‘lip-like’ structure of the vertebral margins. The disorder is more common in young men.

AS is often diagnosed by the existence of HLA [human lymphocyte antigens].

Historical Background

AS dates back in time to the discovery of skeletons with distinctive spinal changes. Studies of Egyptian mummies suggest that AS may have troubled the human species since time immemorial. 

The first chronological description of AS appeared in the mid-1550s, when Realdo Colombo provided a clear structural description of two skeletons — with aberrations characteristic of AS — in his book, De Re Anatomica.  

AS is represented by —

  1. Pain, and stiffness, in the back, with a bent posture — primarily due to swelling and/or inflammation of the spinal joints, or vertebra
  2. ‘Fusing’ of the vertebrae along with inflammation of the tendons and ligaments that connect and provide support to the joints  
  3. Pain and tenderness [sensitivity] in the ribs, shoulder blade, hip, thigh, shin, heel, and the spine. 

The progression of the disorder is erratic.

Cause

The exact cause of AS is unknown. Research suggests that there may be a strong link of AS being genetically inherited, especially in the presence of human lymphocyte antigens [HLA], in 90 per cent of individuals presenting with the condition.

Symptoms & Signs

  1. Frequent low back pain with stiffness that may last longer than half-hour in the morning, or after a long period of rest
  2. Pain and tenderness in the ribs, shoulder blade, hips, thigh, shin, heel and along the bony projections of the spine
  3. In the early stages, there may be mild fever, loss of appetite and a sense of foreboding
  4. There may be pain in the eyes, watery discharge, redness, blurry vision and sensitivity to bright light.

AS is an ‘autoimmune disorder’ — where the body’s own immune cells cause damage to the spine and other joints.

Pain and stiffness are the first symptoms — in advanced cases of SA, where ‘fusion’ of the spine has taken place, there may be a complete loss of mobility. The whole area may become fragile and susceptible for fracture. The spine may become inflexible [this is called the ‘bamboo spine’] — this may make standing and walking challenging too.

In addition, AS may herald the development of inflammatory bowel disease [IBD].

Some AS patients may also report of fever, fatigue, weight loss, anaemia and inflammation of the eye [iritis].

Advanced cases of SA may have heart valve dysfunction.

When SA patients fail to follow-up, or continue regular treatment, there is a looming hazard — permanent posture and mobility loss.

Why Homeopathy

Studies suggest that homeopathic treatment is safe and useful in most chronic and autoimmune disorders, such as AS — thanks to its delicate, bioenergetic healing effect, which also corrects the out-of-sync immune system.

Homeopathic treatment is most useful when it is begun well in time. This is primarily because homeopathic remedies work best by augmenting the body’s ‘overcharged’ immune [defence] system and bringing it back to normal quickly — especially, in the early stages, when AS is not far too ‘deep-seated,’ or advanced, or caused permanent organic damage.

For the best, safe, long-term results, it is imperative to speak to, or consult, a professional homeopathic physician.

Get in touch with our professional homeopathic physician, TODAY!

 

 

Dr.Geetanjali Joshi Bothe (BHMS)