Information on managing your ankylosing spondylitis.

Ankylosing spondylitis flares – top tips to remember

Ankylosing spondylitis flares can be really nasty, but unfortunately not uncommon. Dealing with AS flares is definitely a challenge, but with a right plan in place you can decrease their impact on your life. Here’s our top tips to remember when your AS flares and advice on how to deal with its increased symptoms.

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Coping with fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis

‘Everyone gets tired’, I’m sure you’ve heard this annoying comment so many times. But chronic and long-term fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis isn’t like tiredness. It can really wear you down and leave you feeling absolutely drained. It can last for days or weeks at a time and no amount of sleep or rest will relieve it. Some people describe it as overwhelming. Unfortunately, fatigue is common among people with AS and there’s a big chance you will experience it at some point.

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Basic stretches to get you going every day

Exercising is one of the most important things you can do for your ankylosing spondylitis, that’s nothing new, we’ve done an article on this before.

The simplest and one of the most beneficial ways to get you moving is stretching. Simple stretches can help you reduce pain and stiffness, improve your posture and overall wellbeing. In the long term, it can help your spine to remain mobile. Don’t underestimate them.

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Smoking with ankylosing spondylitis? The worst idea ever!

Nowadays, it’s a widely accepted fact that smoking tobacco is harmful to your health in so many ways. In fact, an estimated 80,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking in the UK alone. Several scientific research studies have found tobacco smoking can worsen your ankylosing spondylitis, especially if you’re one of the heavy smokers.

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Managing your ankylosing spondylitis

Unfortunately you can’t cure ankylosing spondylitis but you can successfully manage it following steps below. We’ll get in more detail on every aspect of treatment, but for now enjoy those top tips for managing your AS.

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