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Neck stiffness and ankylosing spondylitis

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  • Posted By: fvolpe1
  • November 2, 2006
  • 09:03 PM

I have significant range of motion issues on my neck and frequent pain. The pain is not debliitating but affects sleep. I don't know what to do. I work out and am strong relative to my age - 42 - however this chronic neck stiffness/pain is a problem I have ankylosing spondylitis. Diagnosed in my early 20's. I am losing mobility in general but it is far and away worse in my neck. My rheumatologis just shrugs his shoulders and looks at me like a dog with hip displasia. "oh well" seems to be the extent of his suggested fixes. I have to be very careful about abrupt motion with my neck - no roller coasters anymore and I have to think twice about skiiing - which I used to do. I can golf!:)

I'm looking for any suggestions anyone has...yes massages are good but what about chiropractors? Tai Chi? Accupuncture? Can I get my mobility back and attack this thing with any success?

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  • My suggestion would be a new rheumatologist!!Neck pain in someone with AS should not be ignored. Find a rheumatologist who is willing to do x-rays of the area, and is willing to continue to treat you for AS as needed. Don't waste your time and your health on a BAD doctor!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 08:34 PM
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  • diet is a major factor for spongylitis, depending on how serious you are about helping yourself. You wouuld do well to completley stop eating meat and grains, and eat only steamed vegetables and fruits, after a few weeks you will see the difference your self. my friend has a severe case and his spine is now totally fused but after following this diet he is much more agile and able to move around more, one day he gave in and ate pasta and the next day he was visibally stiffer. This is not a wel known treatment but if you can find a well reputed Ayurvedic doctor they will be able to tell you very precisely what to eat and what not to. Another friend of mine had such a bad back problem he was bed ridden seemingly for good. He completly gave up eating sugar and now he is walking around quite fine!look into Diet and Ayurveda would be my advice. Gouranga
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 07:52 PM
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  • As a victim of AS, I have found amazing relief with the use of far infrared light therapy and clothing plus magnets. I sleep, walk on and wear bracelet and necklace 24/7 and find much less stiffness than prior to these technologies. For information, e mail me at misswin35@yahoo.com.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 06:04 AM
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