Anky-who-sing Spondy-what-is?

I’ll admit, when my rheumatologist first said the words “ankylosing spondylitis”, I had no idea what on earth she was talking about. I heard a bunch of syllables strung together, but since my knowledge of Ancient Greek is pretty much nil, I had no idea what any of them meant. Most people with A.S. who I meet tell me that, unless they already knew someone with the condition, the first time they ever heard of it was while they were being diagnosed…

Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss) is a systemic rheumatic disease — an auto-inflammatory condition that primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints (the joints on either side of the spine where it meets the pelvis).

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