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Adverse effects of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

AS is an inflammatory chronic disease with substantial adverse effects. Late treatment leads to lifelong suffering. The main adverse effects are listed as follows.

1. The misdiagnosis rate of AS is high, and approximately 90% of patients are diagnosed conclusively 3 years after onset of the disease. Therefore, its potential harm increases through delayed treatment.

2. The disability rate of AS is high. The disease generally first affects the sacroiliac joints. Subsequently, it develops along the spine to the lumbar vertebra, thoracic vertebra, and even cervical vertebra. It can affect over 60% of hip joints and gradually develop into bony ankylosis. As a result, people lose their mobility and exhibit permanent disability. If the disease continues to worsen, the intervertebral disc, zygopophysis, and intervertebral ligaments ossify.

3. AS results in various types of complications. It not only affects the joints of the body but also leads to lesion of the body’s visceral organs such as eyes, heart, kidney, and liver. It poses a severe threat to patients’ lives.

4. AS patients suffer from extreme pains. Some patients even commit suicide because they cannot endure the pain.

These are just some of the adverse effects of AS. Undoubtedly, it is a misfortune to suffer from this disease. However, “Hu’s TCM Nutrition Immune Therapy”, a kind of natural therapy from China, is surprisingly effective in facilitating the recovery from AS. This therapy is the new hope for AS patients wishing to regain health. 

Complications associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

AS is a persistent and chronic disease that causes severe pain in patients. If they do not take effective measures for recovery as early as possible complications can occur.

1. Lesion of heart. Lesion of the aortic valve is a common occurrence.

2. Lesion of the eyes. According to statistics, 25% of AS patients exhibit conjunctivitis, iritis, and uveitis. The latter is occasionally complicated with spontaneous hyphema.

3. Lesion of the ears. According to statistics, 12 out of 42 (29%) AS patients exhibit chronic otitis media. The rate is four times that of patients without AS.

4. Lesion of the lung. Some AS patients have complications with fibrotic lesion exhibiting irregular spots on the upper lobes. Its symptoms, expectoration, asthma, and even hemoptysis are accompanied with recurrent pneumonia or pleurisy.

5. Lesion of the nervous system. Because of the rigidity of the spine and osteoporosis, cervical vertebrae are easily dislocated, and the spine fractures easily, causing spinal cord compression and pains in the nerve roots of the lower limbs and buttocks. In addition, it results in a weakening of the Achilles tendon reflex and dyskinesia of the rectum.

6. Amyloidosis. It is quite possible for AS patients to find accumulated amyloid protein in the biopsy of rectal mucous. But most patients does not have clinical manifestations.

7. Lesion of the kidney and prostate. Compared with RA patients, AS patients rarely exhibit detrimental effects to the renal function. However, patients have reportedly exhibited lgAD nephropathy. The rate of AS patients exhibiting complications with chronic prostatitis is higher than that of the control group. But this phenomenon has equivocal meanings.

Although AS cannot be cured completely, it can be controlled. “Hu’s TCM Nutrition Immune Therapy”, a kind of natural therapy from China, is surprisingly effective in facilitating the recovery from AS. The therapy has been promoted in China, America, and Singapore for over 10 years, bringing hope for recovery to nearly 200,000 patients.