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Do I have to take medicine for ankylosing spondylitis whole life?

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Dr. Anuj Gupta

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Published At November 2, 2018
Reviewed AtAugust 9, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My age is 27 now. When I was 14 years old, severe hip joint pain started and the doctor diagnosed it as septic arthritis and operated right hip joint to remove the fluid. Then the pain was gone. After three years, again pain started and I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis by blood examination HLA-B27 positive. Since then, I am taking Saaz DS 1 gm daily for the last 10 years. Shall I continue it for a lifetime or is there any alternative treatment for this?

Answered by Dr. Anuj Gupta

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

This is an autoimmune disorder which actually has no treatment. You need to take medications when there is a flare-up of the disease. In between when you have no symptoms then you can stop the drug. You have not mentioned about your hip pain right now. You need to keep doing regular general conditioning exercises and stretching exercises to keep your body flexible otherwise this disease will affect your flexibility very fast.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anuj Gupta
Dr. Anuj Gupta

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