By Liz Maines
Uggh… the holidays and spondyloarthritis …what a mixed bag. Living with a chronic illness such as this, puts us in the unique position of frequently assessing our energy level. The holiday hustle and bustle can challenge us both emotionally and physically. I wanted to share a few tips I have learned that may help you survive and maybe even enjoy the holiday season.
By Spondylitis Association of America
Helpful Hints is a recurring feature, aimed at sharing our community’s knowledge and experiences. In this second installment, we asked our online community to share their recommendations for mattresses and pillows that have been beneficial for their chronic pain. We share a sample of responses with our thanks. We hope you find them helpful!
A new phase 3 clinical trial tested the efficacy and safety of the IL-17 inhibitor ixekizumab (brand name Taltz) in a population of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients who did not improve with TNF inhibitor (TNFi) treatment. Studies report that roughly 30 percent of those with AS don’t see enough improvement with their TNFi medications to continue treatment.
On October 20th, 2018 the Spondylitis Association of America hosted a free Spondylitis Educational Seminar in Chicago, IL. Our speakers for the day were Rheumatologist Dr. Muhammad Asim Khan, MD, MACP, FRCP and Registered Dietician Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE.
Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a chronic rheumatic disease, which primarily affects the spine and other joints. It can be grouped into two types, radiographic (ankylosing spondylitis, AS) and non-radiographic (nr-axSpA.) Both types are associated with inflammatory pain and can involve functional impairment. As with many chronic conditions, depression is common among those living with axSpA; however the topic is not well studied, and reports of its prevalence vary greatly from study to study.
To give this topic more clarity, researchers conducted a systematic literature review, analyzing 16 international study findings...
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