What do you know about rheumatic diseases?
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the small bones in your spine to fuse. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. If ribs are affected, it can be difficult to breathe deeply.
Ankylosing spondylitis affects men more often than women, typically beginning in early adulthood. Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis can include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Neck pain and fatigue also are common. Over time, symptoms might worsen, improve or stop at irregular intervals.
There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can lessen your symptoms and possibly slow progression of the disease.
Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in one or more joints.
Gout symptoms may come and go, but there are ways to manage symptoms and prevent flares.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis in children under 16.
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