Learn about appealing SSI or SSDI denials for SpondyloarthritisArthritis is a disease that involves the joints of your body. Over 100 forms of arthritis have been recognized. There are some kinds of arthritis that also involve your organs and other areas of your body, as well as your joints. Spondyloarthritis is a chronic (long term), painful, degenerative inflammatory type of arthritis that mainly affects your sacroiliac joints and spine. Spondyloarthritis eventually leads to fusion of your spine.
Do I have Spondyloarthritis?Spondyloarthritis is considered to be an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is one in which your own immune system that normally attacks anything foreign that is invading your body, for some unknown reason, mistakenly attacks the tissues and cells of your own body. In this particular instance, spondyloarthritis results in your immune system attacking your joints. Along with this feature of the disease, spondyloarthritis is also similar to rheumatoid arthritis in that they are both inflammatory joint diseases. Spondyloarthritis is known by several other names. It is also referred to as ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Bechterew's disease, Bechterew syndrome, Marie Strümpell disease and Marie Struempell disease. It is fortunate that spondyloarthritis is a rare disease. Somewhere around 0.25% of the population of the United States are affected by spondyloarthritis. Men get spondyloarthritis three times as often as women do. The cause of spondyloarthritis has not been found at the present time. However, genetic factors do seem to play a role in bringing about this disease. People who are born with a gene called HLA-B27 seem to be at a higher risk of having spondyloarthritis. As mentioned above, spondyloarthritis is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which your body attacks itself. However, no one knows why your immune system mistakenly does this.
Risk Factors of SpondyloarthritisThere are risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing spondyloarthritis. Some of these include:
- ? Being a man
- ? Being at an age where you are in late adolescence or early adulthood
- ? Being born with the gene HLA-B27
Spondyloarthritis SymptomsSpondyloarthritis is a disease that may result in several different signs and symptoms. Some of the beginning signs and symptoms that you may experience with this disease are pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips. Later on, as spondyloarthritis progresses, this stiffness may also involve your shoulders, feet and knees. Eventually, during the advanced stages of spondyloarthritis, possible signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
- ? Inflammation of your eye
- ? Inflammation of your bowel
- ? Your capacity for chest expansion being restricted
- ? Weight loss that is unintentional
- ? Chronic stooping of your posture
- ? Fatigue
- ? A loss of your appetite.