‘For me, showering has always been a gauge for my disease activity. The more inflammation coursing through my body, the more difficult showers are and the longer it takes me to get ready in the morning.’
These gentle exercises can help soothe pain and stiffness when arthritis strikes in your feet.
‘In a strange way, I was relieved to be diagnosed. And on some other, deeper, quieter level, I felt a connection to my family in an ancestral way.’
‘Even my regular doctors don’t remember my history off the top of their heads. It’s up to me to be constantly vigilant.’
Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis doesn’t necessarily progress into ankylosing spondylitis.
‘It soon became pretty clear that if I did not start listening to my sick body now, I would pay dearly for it later.’
Already approved for rheumatoid arthritis, upadacitinib may help other inflammatory conditions as well.
The 2019 medical conference brings important information on axSpA drug therapies, better understanding of diseases causes and symptom management, and more ways to help patients feel better.
Both IBD and SpA can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can mimic other conditions, but correct diagnosis is key to good care.
Ankylosing spondylitis, a type of axial spondyloarthritis, can be tricky to diagnose. These other diseases can present similarly to AS and cause a misdiagnosis.