Signs & Symptoms of AS
AS varies from person to person, and the onset of symptoms does too. Usually symptoms appear gradually, over a few weeks or months.
Where AS causes pain and stiffness
The first place many people tend to feel symptoms is in the lower back and buttocks. In women, the pain may start in the neck rather than the back. AS can also affect other parts of the body, such as:
AS can also
Clues that it could be AS Pain feels worse
Pain is alleviated
Back feels stiff
The pain AS causes lasts longer than three months, and you might notice the stiffness and pain are worse after you’ve been resting or sitting.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. Over time AS can start to worsen. It may even begin to restrict your spinal movement and, in more severe cases, cause fusing of the spine.
AS is tough to diagnose. Because it is often mistaken for regular back pain, it can go undetected for years.