3 Most Common Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis


Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic condition in which the spine or other parts of your body become inflamed and some spinal bones fuse together. This can result in decreased range of motion and abnormal posture of the body. Having the information about the signs of ankylosing spondylitis can help you early detect and treat it. Let’s check the 3 most common symptoms of this problem.

Pain and stiffness in the spine area

Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.

  • You may feel pain in the back, buttocks, and hips.
  • You may feel better when you do exercises. However, rest does not make sense. Your pain does not improve or worsen with rest.
  • You may feel more pain and stiffness in the back in the morning when you wake up, or during the night. The pain can severe enough to wake you up.
  • The pain may get worse after you have a long period of inactivity.

Pain in ligaments and tendons

Pain can not only be felt at the back; pain can travel to other parts of your body where the tendons and ligaments are inflamed. Ligaments connect bones to bones and tendons connect bones to muscles.

  • You may feel pain and stiffness in the area behind your heel or under your heel.
  • Pain can also be felt in the area where the ribs connect the bones in the breast.
  • You may feel pain in the back of your ankle.
  • Chest pain can appear if the bones in the breast are affected.


Fatigue is also a common symptom of ankylosing spondylitis. You may feel tired and do not want to do anything, even watching TV or listen to music. You are running out of energy.

When to see a doctor

You need to seek medical help immediately if you notice these signs:

  • Your pain is severe and comes gently.
  • Your pain gets worse when you rest and when you wake up in the morning. You may unable to leave the bed.
  • Your eyes become red and painful. They also become sensitive to light and your vision is affected.

These are some common symptoms and signs of ankylosing spondylitis that you should remember. Check your condition with these symptoms regularly to determine if you are having this problem. Although it has no cure, treatments can effectively relieve symptoms if it is detected early.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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