Cheating Death: Inflammation, Pain & Living With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Abstract

Ankylosing Spondylitis1 is a medical condition which causes inflammation and pain with a range of symptoms that affect a small percentage of the human population. This short paper provides a personal account of these symptoms and associated musculoskeletal intervention by rheumatologists I have experienced over a thirty year period. The paper seeks to bring awareness as a case example for others to better understand how to recognise, seek medical assistance and manage this debilitating condition which can lead to severe disability. There are no known cures for this condition yet there are many preventative measures which may assist in alleviating often debilitating effects of this condition. Clinical trials (limited AU trials) of the biopharmaceutical Etanercept (also known as Enbrel) are looking promising for Ankylosing Spondylitis. 

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Hayes, Alexander, 2016, "Cheating Death: Inflammation, Pain & Living With Ankylosing Spondylitis", doi:10.7910/DVN/GVDMN5, Harvard Dataverse, V2

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