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11 Myths of Ankylosing Spondylitis Explained

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Spine and back pain concept.
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Myth #1: Ankylosing spondylitis is rare


DNA strand, medicine concept.
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Myth #2: Ankylosing spondylitis is genetic


Genetic scientist.
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Myth #3: If you have HLA-B27 you have ankylosing spondylitis


Hip joint pain concept.
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Myth #3: HLA-B27, part two


Woman's back pain.
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Myth #4: Ankylosing spondylitis is a man’s disease


Woman working with physical therapist.
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Myth #5: Ankylosing spondylitis will always cause spinal fusion


Internal organs drawing.
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Myth #6: Ankylosing spondylitis is just back pain


Multiracial group of smiling people.
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Myth #7: White men have it the worst


Senior exercise class.
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Myth #8: Diet and exercise will cure ankylosing spondylitis


Scientists in medical laboratory.
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Myth #9: Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease


Couple walking on dirt road under two red umbrellas.
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Myth #10: Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of rheumatoid arthritis


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Myth #11: Ankylosing spondylitis affects everyone the same


Facts vs. myths.
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Conclusion


Charis Hill

Charis Hill

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Charis is a patient expert, writer, speaker, and spondylitis advocate in Sacramento, California. Her story has been featured in dozens of publications, including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, CNBC, and her blog, BeingCharis. Charis’ life goal is to make ankylosing spondylitis a household name.