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 Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

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Professional Martian With Ankylosing Spondylitis #NBD

I know you’re thinking, first, what’s a professional Martian? And second, how does she roam Mars while living with ankylosing spondylitis? We answer it all in this compelling interview with Dr. Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D.

By Charis Hill

You’ve Got Options When It Comes to Your Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment

While the first lines of treatment for AS are physical therapy and exercise, sometimes you need something that packs a little more punch (a painless punch, we hope). Know your options and discuss them with your doctor.

By Stephanie Stephens

Read This Before You Board a Plane With Ankylosing Spondylitis

For a smooth journey — from security to baggage claim — here’s what to know about TSA medication rules, navigating the airport with a wheelchair, and preventing joint stiffness in flight.

By Charis Hill

Read This Before You Book a Flight if You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

By Charis Hill

Ankylosing Spondylitis Doesn’t Take Away Your Ability to Dream

Despite the fact that she was beaten and battered by the end of New York Fashion Week, Charis Hill doesn’t regret following her dreams of being a model. She hob-nobs with celebrity models and walks in Michael Kuluva’s Tumbler and Tipsy NYFW show — and takes us along for the ride.

By Charis Hill

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 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

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?

Did thyroid disease cause your psoriatic arthritis, or was it the other way around. Learn about the links between thyroid disease and inflammatory joint issues.

By Mary Shomon

11 Myths of Ankylosing Spondylitis Explained

It is not rare. It is not just a man’s disease. And it is certainly not just back pain. We’re setting the record straight.

By Charis Hill

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.