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Axial Spondyloarthritis Seen in 1 in 5 Young Adults With Chronic Back Pain

A good summary of the findings of the study, the story states, “Approximately 20% of cases of chronic low back pain in younger adults seen in primary care settings might be caused by spondyloarthritis…”

“The results suggest that spondyloarthritis is underdiagnosed as a cause of chronic back pain in the general population.”

via Press – News – 463 – FOLLOW-UP: Axial Spondyloarthritis Seen in 1 in 5 Young Adults With Chronic Back Pain.


Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis

Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis

Posted on: 12/6/2010

Classification criteria for spondyloarthritis has been constantly evolving as new research presents itself and the group of diseases is better understoood.An article in Clinical Rheumatology states that, “new criteria for psoriatic arthritis have been developed recently.”The authors state, “These criteria were validated in the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society ASAS study on new classification criteria for axial SpA, a large international prospective study. In this new criteria, sacroiliitis showing up on MRI has been given as much weight as sacroiliitis on radiographs, thereby also identifying patients with early axial SpA.

via Press – News – 459 – Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis.

Chronic Back Pain and Sleep


Chronic Back Pain and Sleep

When chronic back pain disturbs your sleep night after night, you might despair of ever getting a good night’s sleep. But experts say that with proper treatment, the chances are very good that you can get relief from chronic back pain and enjoy normal sleep.

Why Sleep Is Important When You Have Chronic Back Pain

The inability to get a good night’s sleep hurts — literally. Chronic back pain prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. You wake up hurting even more.

Pain interferes with the normal cycles of light and deep sleep you need in order to wake up refreshed. The disruption is called “alpha delta sleep disorder.” When back pain prevents you from getting adequate deep, or delta, sleep, you awaken in the morning tired and hurting.


11 Tips for Living With Chronic Pain

1. Learn deep breathing or meditation to help with chronic pain.

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Sleep Disorders: Sleep and Chronic Illness

Sleep Disorders: Sleep and Chronic Illness

A chronic illness is an illness that lasts for a long time and usually cannot be cured, but it often can be controlled. Examples include diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The pain and fatigue that people with chronic illness experience have a large impact on their daily lives, including sleep. Because of their illness, people with chronic illnesses often have trouble sleeping at night, and are sleepy during the day. This is especially the case for people who have neurological (nervous system) diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Additionally, many people with chronic illnesses also suffer from depression, which can also affect their sleep. Lastly, some drugs used to treat chronic illnesses can cause sleep problems. … keep reading

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Arthritis – Kingsley Forbes-Smith

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Arthritis – Kingsley Forbes-Smith. Some useful tips (called “Journey Tips”) for those suffering from AS. I particularly like the advice about stretching.

AS is a hereditary condition – Norwood, MA – The Daily News Transcript

Q: My cousin is only 25, but he was just diagnosed with arthritis in his back that they said was due to some hereditary condition. What is this? A: There is a gene called HLA-B27 that is
associated with “seronegative spondyloarthropathies,” including
ankylosing spondylitis. Lots of big words here, so I will discuss this
and try to simplify the jargon. You should verify this is what your
cousin has.
Certain traits run in families. These include genes that put someone
at risk for developing a specific condition. Not everyone who inherits
the gene develops the condition, and sometimes people without the gene
get the condition anyway; why this is so is still a bit of a medical
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of back arthritis that falls
into this category. Ankylos is Greek for bent or crooked and spondylos
refers to the bones of the spine, so AS is a disease of the spine that,
when severe, can eventually make the affected person become bent-over
or hunched. Since this is a hereditary condition, first-degree
relatives of someone affected are at an increased risk of developing it.
AS is an inflammatory disease where the body attacks itself. The
inflammation erodes the spinal bones (vertebrae), and the body
overreacts to this by producing too much new bone. Subsequently two
adjacent vertebrae grow into each other and become fused.…… continue for full story