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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ankylosing Spondylitis Myths

The following are myths that you may come across in your search for a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS):
  • Only those with the HLA-B27 Gene can get AS - X Wrong! You can still have AS without this gene. In fact 5-20% of people with AS do not have this gene.
  • Only men can get AS - X Wrong! Yes, AS is more prominent in men. But women get it too! This blogger is one of them. If your GP or Rheumatologist tells you you can't have AS because you are a woman, walk right out of there and see someone else! There are plenty of us ladies in the online support groups who will attest to this. One statistic says one in four of those with AS are women. 
  • If you don't show inflammation in your blood (CRP & ESR) you don't have AS - X Wrong! 30-50% of people with AS don't have high inflammation CRP and ESR markers in their blood.