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Ankylosing Spondylitis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you having any joint or back pain now? Where do you typically experience pain?
  • Does the pain improve or worsen with exercise?
  • Are you having any other symptoms, such as eye inflammation, skin rash, gastrointestinal problems or fatigue?
  • How is your ankylosing spondylitis affecting your quality of life? Are there activities or family responsibilities you are unable to do?
  • Are you following your ankylosing spondylitis treatment plan?
  • Describe your joint pain. It is in your back or other joints? When did it first occur?
  • For how long have you been having back or spinal pain? More or less than 3 months?
  • Has the pain changed in severity, or moved to other joints or locations in your body?
  • Do you have any other symptoms? Have you experienced any eye inflammation, skin rash, gastrointestinal problems or fatigue?
  • What have you done to relieve your pain so far? Have you taken any over-the-counter or prescription medications?
  • What treatments have you been using for your joint pain? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What have you been doing to alleviate your ankylosing spondylitis symptoms? Do you feel it's been effective?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have ankylosing spondylitis? How do you make a definitive diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis?
  • What is the difference between ankylosing spondylitis and routine back pain?
  • What treatments are available to ease my pain? How long will I have to take them?
  • What should I do if my back and joint pain symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes, such as exercise or dietary changes, I can make to improve my back and joint pain symptoms?
  • What are the best ankylosing spondylitis treatment options for me?
  • For how long will I need to take medicine for ankylosing spondylitis?
  • Does having ankylosing spondylitis put me at risk for other health problems?
  • How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
  • Are there other treatments for ankylosing spondylitis that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms an indication that my ankylosing spondylitis is getting worse?
  • Are there other treatments for ankylosing spondylitis that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • How would you categorize my ankylosing spondylitis: mild, moderate or severe?
  • Will I always have back and joint pain? Will the pain flare up, then go away?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 16
  1. Ankylosing Spondylitis. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354808
  2. Diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Spondylitis Association of America. https://www.spondylitis.org/Ankylosing-Spondylitis/Diagnosis
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