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

Answered by
Dr. Anuj Gupta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Sep 23, 2018

Hello doctor,

My age is 27 now. When I was in 14 years old, a severe hip joint pain started and the doctor diagnosed it as septic arthritis and operated right hip joint to remove 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. From then, I am taking Saaz DS 1 gm daily from the last 10 years. Shall I continue it till lifetime or is there any alternative treatment for this?

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Orthopedics And Traumatology
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Hi,

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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.

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