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Ankylosing Spondylitis – This is a joint pain (arthritis) that affects the spine, causing irritation and pain. Individuals with AS frequently experience flare-ups which can be quite debilitating. The symptoms of AS flares can vary from person to person and among flares include:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • stiffness and pain in the back
  • joint pain, often in the rib cage, shoulders, hips, or knees
  • enthesitis, which is swelling and pain of the connective tissue
  • depression or anxiety

Someone who may be suffering from an AS flare may have burning joints, muscle spasms, and flu-like symptoms, in addition to pain and immobility in the affected areas of the body.

Diagnosis for (AS) can be difficult to diagnose because the condition develops slowly and there’s no definitive test. Your GP may arrange blood tests to check for signs of inflammation in your body. If you are sent to see a rheumatologist they will carry out imaging tests to examine the appearance of your spine and pelvis, as well as further blood tests.

These may include:

an X-ray
MRI scan
an ultrasound scan

Treatment for AS includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), gentle exercise, massage therapy, tens machines and hot and cold therapies.

Psoriatic Spondylitis – This causes similar symptoms to AS and includes:

  • back pain
  • stiffness in the back or neck that improves when moving around
  • stiffness made worse by periods of staying still, such as sleep
  • trouble bending or moving the back
  • fatigue

These symptoms can cause extreme pain and some people experience difficulty in their daily lives. Left untreated, the inflammation can cause long-term damage to the spine and joints.

The symptoms of PS may seem to come and go. When symptoms get worse, this is known as a flare. The location of pain and swelling may also change over time. Certain infections, such as strep throat, may trigger the overactive immune response that causes psoriatic spondylitis. However, psoriatic spondylitis is not contagious.

Diagnosis of PS involves a GP who will make a diagnosis based on symptoms and medical history, and by ruling out other conditions. Usually, a blood test will be carried out to test for rheumatoid factor (the antibody found in rheumatoid arthritis). This is usually negative in people with psoriatic arthritis, although a positive result can be due to causes other than rheumatoid arthritis. A doctor may also use X Rays, ultrasounds or other scans, such as an MRI to look at the patient’s joints. These scans often show inflammation or areas of new bone growth with poorly-defined edges in people with psoriatic arthritis. The criteria are inflammatory arthritis, the presence of psoriasis, and a blood test negative for rheumatoid factor.

Treatment for PS is similar to AS and includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), immunosuppressants, and biologic medications, such as TNF inhibitors. Gentle exercise, massage therapy, tens machines and hot and cold therapies.

Spondylitis (also called spondyloarthritis) refers to a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the spine. The most common type is ankylosing spondylitis, but there are other forms that have links to other inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis.

According to the Spondylitis Association of America, 20 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) will develop psoriatic spondylitis. This means that you have PsA with spinal involvement.

Keeping a strict diary of your symptoms will really help your GP to decide if he thinks you may have one of these conditions. You can find out lots more details on these two conditions on the Arthritis website.

Source: Arthritis, NHS ,Medical News Today Psoriasis Association Healthline

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There are many reasons why people celebrate multiple aspects of life, it can be a birthday or an anniversary or a new year! Whatever the occasion, there is one thing that is usually involved, and that is alcohol. When drank in moderation i.e. once a week or an occasional beer or wine on a weekend, it can help you to relax and enjoy yourself.

However, when drank in excess, which is a very possible scenario for many, it can do more harm than good, to both your mind and body. There are several negative effects of drinking copious amounts of alcohol, no matter what it is, and nowadays there are numerous varieties of drinks on the market, in pubs, clubs, merchant stores and in your own homes, and it is very easy to get addicted to this habit.

Below we look at some of these negative side-effects, as well as one of the best solutions for those who may have consumedin excess i.e. a detox, as well as the benefits it comes with.

What are the Negative Side effects of Drinking Too Much Alcohol on The Mind and Body?…

According to the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention), the standard allowance for drinking alcohol, depending on the type in the United States is 12 ounces of beer which has a maximum alcohol content of 5%, if it is anything other than that then the most you should drink is 1.5 ounces, click here for more on that.

In the UK, both women and men are recommended to drink no more than 14 units per week and the advice is to spread apart your drinking sessions over 3 or more days. Some people practice alcohol-free months. If you binge drink, which means you would probably only have one every once in a while, during different occasions, then it is not entirely bad for you. However, if you are addicted to it, the below information can help you out.

Misuse of alcohol leads to several unfavorable instances both short and long-term, namely:

1. Drinking only up to 2 units can lead to an expansion of blood vessels, an increased heart rate and you feel more talkative and sociable.

2. If you increase this to up to 6 units, not only the cells’nervous system gets affected but also your brain. This means that when it comes to making decisions or judgments, it can cause you to become more reckless. You can start to feel light-headed and slow down your reaction times.

3. Things such as your speech are affected, and you could be at serious risk of injury due to accidents, as well as toxic poisoning. Drinking too much can dehydrate your body and also lead to vomiting, nausea, indigestion and diarrhea as mentioned on the NHS.

The Benefits of Detoxing from Alcohol Addiction…

There are several immediate effects as well as long term benefits, and we mention a few of these below.

• When you stop drinking, alcohol leaves the body, helping you to feel clearer headed.

• A week after, you can even end up sleeping better at night and patterns will improve.

• Alcohol makes some people gain a lot of weight, by cutting it out you can lose weight.

• The increase in blood pressure from substance abuse is negated and helps to reduce blood pressure.

• Drinking too much can also affect your appearance, making you look older than you are. This premature aging can be halted in as little as one month after you stop consumption.

The ultimate solution is to detox. This may be a possibility to do it for yourself, however, for those who are addicted to the substance and find it difficult to control themselves, many places are available such as detox center’s like Mallard Lake alcohol detox and rehab facilities in your local area or a combination of the two in one place, to help you through the aid of knowledgeable professionals.

As they say – everything in moderation is the best thing to keep in mind with many substances, and not just liquor. No matter how old you are, you should always keep your general well-being as a priority.

Find healthier or less harmful substitutes such as alcohol-free beers or ciders, and instead drink plenty of water, pure juices and eat a balanced diet with plenty of exercises to keep yourself fit and happy for a long time.

Source: NHS, Mallard Lake Detox, CDC

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Lower Back Pain Relief For A Woman With Previous Spinal Fusion Surgery

Dr. James Schofield

Lower Back Pain Relief

Recently I was able to help give lower back pain relief to a patient who came to my chiropractic office of 37 years. Jean, a 79-year-old woman, had been experiencing severe lower back pain for approximately one month. Her pain was growing worse, and she was at a point where she decided she had to gain pain relief. Jean’s case was complicated, and interesting, because she had undergone lower back spinal fusion surgery five years earlier. This article described lower back pain, spinal fusion surgery and how a multi-faceted chiropractic care approach gave this patient low back pain relief.

Jean’s case was like many I’ve seen in my three-plus decades of chiropractic practice. Over the course of her life, she injured her back multiple times. When she was younger, when experiencing episodes of lower back pain, she would cut back on her activities, rest and her…

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