Ankylosing Spondylitis

Find the latest news and stories on ankylosing spondylitis (also called Bechterew's disease), including symptoms, treatments, management, and inspirational stories.

Bridging the Gap: Living with AS

"This is a relationship that depends on both of us."

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Finding Yourself Again When You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

Do you have that place you can go that makes you feel like… you? The place where your chronic condition doesn't matter, and you feel like you're more than your condition? For Charis, that place is Burning Man.

By Charis Hill

Why Take Part in Patient Advocacy?

Six HealthCentral patient advocates spanning psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, caregiving for those with dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, and mental health concerns, discuss why they take part in patient advocacy.

By Erin L. Boyle

HealthCentral Patient Experts Offer Insights In Patient Advocacy

The HealthCentral writers you know and love share their knowledge of advocating, including on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at home.

By Erin L. Boyle

Your Thyroid and Arthritis: What Came First?

In some cases, your thyroid disease can cause you to have an inflammatory joint disease that falls into the category of arthritis. In other cases, it could be the arthritis causing the thyroid disease.

By Mary Shomon

11 Possible Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Because AS is progressive and systemic, it can impact many different parts of the body that you may not even know about.

By Charis Hill

Make the Right Moves to Maintain Mobility With AS

Ankylosing spondylitis patients can improve flexibility from posture and the pool.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

How Potlucks Became My Social Life

Maintaining a social life with chronic illness isn’t easy — unless you succumb to hosting potlucks.

By Charis Hill

FDA Approves Time-Saving Infusion Drug for Psoriatic Arthritis

A biologic medication that requires less of a time commitment to receive may be welcome news for some psoriatic arthritis patients.

By Monica Beyer

Ankylosing Spondylitis and My New Wheelchair

I used to dismiss the idea of using a wheelchair with, “I don’t need a wheelchair, I can walk!” Eventually, however, pain and fatigue isolated me so much that I saw the benefit of preserving my energy for more exciting activities than standing in lin...

By Charis Hill

From Star Athlete to Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient Advocate

Charis Hill didn’t think women were at risk for ankylosing spondylitis. Then she got her diagnosis.

By Pamela Kaufman

Meet the Experts

Charis Hill

Patient Expert

Charis is a patient expert who writes about ankylosing spondylitis with hopes to educate and raise awareness.

Charis Hill

Patient Expert

Charis is a patient expert who writes about ankylosing spondylitis with hopes to educate and raise awareness.