Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

Best Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment Options

The first lines of treatment for ankylosing spondylitis are physical therapy and exercise, but if you need something more, consider these options.

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After a Decade of Disease: This is What I Would Tell My Younger Self

K.J. Ramsey was diagnosed with AS in her 20s — she was afraid and in pain, with no idea what the next decade would bring. If only she could go back and talk to that 20 year old...

By K.J. Ramsey

Meet MJ, The Former Mommy Blogger Who Now Writes About Ankylosing Spondylitis

In her new blog: “Kicking Hoops and Shooting Goals,” MJ Rowan captures the daily irony and flow of living with AS and fibromyalgia — both of which she has. MJ crafts an irresistible story you almost certainly cannot stop reading mid-paragraph.

By Charis Hill

Don’t Fear Exercise With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Listen to your body, then do something that keeps you moving because you'll generally feel better when you move, versus feeling stiff and painful. Don't "push through" severe pain, but do know that exercise could help minimal pain.

By Stephanie Stephens

Ankylosing Spondylitis Can Lead To Depression

As if AS pain isn’t enough to deal with, it can also affect your mental health. Learn why managing depression should be a natural part of your treatment.

By Stephanie Stephens

A Martian With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Find out how this scientist roams Mars while also living with ankylosing spondylitis in our compelling interview with Dr. Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D.

By Charis Hill

Tips For Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

For a smooth journey — from security to baggage claim — here’s what you should know about plane travel with ankylosing spondylitis.

By Charis Hill

Tips for Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Catching a plane? Here’s what to know before you go about flying with ankylosing spondylitis — including what to pack and how to navigate airline policies.

By Charis Hill

Battling Ankylosing Spondylitis In 6-inch Heels

Despite the fact that she felt beaten and battered by the end of New York Fashion Week, Charis Hill doesn’t regret following her dreams of being a model.

By Charis Hill

At Burning Man She Could Be Herself Again

Do you have that place you can go that makes you feel like you? The place where your chronic illness doesn't matter. For Charis, that place is Burning Man.

By Charis Hill

Why Are You a Patient Advocate?

Six HealthCentral patient experts covering conditions like psoriasis and breast cancer discuss why patient advocacy is an important part of their lives.

By Erin L. Boyle

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.