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women caucasian with ankylosing spondylitis #280463
05/28/18 03:29 PM
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I have noticed that ankylosing spondylitis has affected my ribcage and several soft tissues as a female. Do any women with AS find it is more about their soft tissue and less about fusion of the spine?

Sarah

Re: women caucasian with ankylosing spondylitis [Re: misshighcaliber] #280467
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I’m not a female - but I do know several women that have fused. Also know women that have SpA and have not fused. I can say the same about men with SpA. Hope that helps.

Hallmark of disease is also enthesitis. Inflammation of ligament and tendons.


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Re: women caucasian with ankylosing spondylitis [Re: misshighcaliber] #280470
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I sometimes have costochondritis, which is inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs attach to the breatbone. I often have enthesitis in my elbow with pain radiating down into my forearm. I also often have enthesitis in the back of my knee.

As RAHMBA said, enthesitis is a hallmark of AS. It is inflammation of tendons and ligaments where the attach to bone. Both men and women get enthesitis and costochondritis.

From what I have read, women are more likely to have peripheral issues than men.


Ginny - 57 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacement June 2014
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Celebrex as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Melatonin, Culturelle probiotic

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