Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis



Spondylosis is not a disease it is a normal aging process that occurs in the spine it is normally symptomatic only after the patient is about 35 years or so.

The possibility of diagnosing a disc prolapse on MRI is definitely better than on an X-ray, even with an MRI evidence of disc prolapse it is to be  co-related clinically. 

Masturbating does not lead to such neck pain.


Rhus toxicodendron.

All Rhus toxicodendron rheumatic symptoms are relieved by motion, worse from sitting and worse from rising from a sitting position or first commencing to move ; but continued motion relieves, also warmth.

They are aggravated during damp weather and are caused by dwelling in damp places.

There is stiffness of the muscles and soreness.

Prominent projections of the body are sore to touch.

It seems to have a special affinity for the deep muscles of the back.

It is a remedy also for the effects of over-exertion, such as sprains, wrenches, etc.

Ferrum phosphoricum

Articular rheumatism or sub-acute rheumatism, the pains are worse from motion.

Drugs having relief from slow motion are Lycopodium, Pulsatilla and Ferrum.


There is great susceptibility to change of weather, particularly changes to cold winter weather.

The pains are worse during rest.

There is a weak paralytic feeling, and it is especially useful. in chronic rheumatism affecting the smaller joints.

It is a very useful remedy for rheumatic gout.

Ledum Pal

Pains of Ledum characteristically travel upward.

It is a remedy for gout and rheumatism affecting the smaller joints.

The pains are worse from the warmth of the bed.

Ledum produces a scanty effusion which tends to harden into nodosities, while Bryonia tends to a copious effusion.

Drugs having nodular swellings in the joints are Calcarea carbonica., Benzoicum acidum, Lycopodium, Ammonium Phosphoricum and Lithium carbonicum.


It is a remedy for acute articular rheumatism with violent local inflammation ; the parts being hot, shining and dark or pale red, and the pains are greatly aggravated from motion ; external heat relieves.
Bryonia is aggravated by motion and Rhus toxicodendron is relieved by motion.

Actea spicata

It has an affinity for the smaller joints.

The joints ache and swell while the patient is walking.

It is especially indicated in the rheumatism of hands and feet.

Actea racemosa affects the bellies of the muscles rather than the joints.

Caulophyllum is especially useful for rheumatism of the smaller joints of the hands and feet.


The pains are worse in evening.

The affected parts are swollen and dark red, and there is a tendency for the disease to shift about from one joint to another.

It is especially useful for rheumatic affections in debilitated persons ; those who are weak , weakness being the characteristic.


Chronic forms of rheumatism where the joints become distorted by concretions ; contractions of tendons ; worse from motion.

Viola odorata

Viola odorata has special action on the right wrist.


Rheumatism affecting the chest and rheumatism which shifts from the joints to the head, especially after external applications to the joints, and the rheumatism of Kalmia, unlike that of Ledum, travels downwards ; useful in heart affections, such as pericarditis and endocarditis from rheumatism.


The chief characteristic is the wandering of the pains ; the disease shifts about from one joint to another ; they are worse from warmth and in the evening, and are relieved from cold ; the pains are so severe as to compel the patient to move.

Rheumatism following an attack of indigestion.

Kalium sulphuricum, Kalium bichromicum, Sulphur, Bryonia, Colchicum and Kalmia have rheumatism which shifts about.

Ranunculus bulbosus

The pains are worse in damp weather, and particularly from a change of weather and change of temperature ; intercostal rheumatism, stitch in side and a feeling as if parts were pounded.


Causticum is useful where the joints are stiff and where the tendons are shortened ; rheumatoid arthritis calls for the drug, and the pains of Causticum are worse from cold and relieved from warmth ; restlessness at night ; drawing muscular pains ; the parts on which he lies become sore.

Rhus toxicodendron has restlessness and relief from motion all the time ; with Causticum there is only nocturnal restlessness.

Chamomilla makes the patients almost beside themselves, compelling them to get out of bed and walk about.

Three other drugs, Rhus toxicodendron, Ferrum metallicum and Veratrum album, have rheumatic pains relieved by moving about ; they all lack the feverishness, excitement and irritability of Chamomilla.


It is useful in rheumatism made worse from change of weather.

That is the chief characteristic of the drug.

Rheumatic pains of the muscles from taking cold during the prevalence of damp, raw weather.


It is indicated in acute and chronic rheumatism when the inflammatory swellings seem to ascend - that is, they commence in the feet and extend up the body ; the pains are worse in bed and at night, and it is especially a remedy for jerking of the limbs in falling off to sleep during a course of acute rheumatism.

Benzoicum acidum

It is a remedy for rheumatism and gout with extremely offensive urine, and especially is it useful for rheumatism of the smaller joints ; gouty nodosities, weeping sinews.

Kalium hydriodicum

When the pains are worse at night when lying on affected side, and when the troubles are of mercurial or specific origin.


It is one of the best remedies in chronic hereditary rheumatism.

The pains are worse at night and worse from uncovering ; better from warmth.


Sanguinaria gives a picture of acute muscular rheumatism ; the pains are shifting, sharp and stitching, with great soreness and stiffness in the muscles, especially those of the back and neck ; rheumatism of right deltoid muscle.

Ferrum metallicum and Nux moschata have special affinity for the left deltoid muscle.

Magnesia carbonica

It is useful for rheumatism of the right shoulder, also with rheumatic pains which are worse after a long walk ; better from warmth, but worse in bed

Apis mellifica

The affected parts feel very stiff and sore to pressure, and there is a sensation of numbness ; the joints affected are swollen, and there is a sensation as if the skin over them were stretched tight ; the swelling is apt to be rather pale than red, and there is usually a great deal of effusion into the joints.

It is especially a remedy for synovitis.


There are cutting lightning-like pains running along the joints ; the joints are swollen, red and shining, and pain radiates through the inflamed joints.

It is one of the best remedies in rheumatic stiffness caused by getting the head and neck wet or sitting with the head and neck exposed to a draft.

Calcarea carbonica

It is useful for rheumatic affections caused by working in the water and for rheumatism of the muscles of the back and shoulders after Rhus toxicodendron fails.

Ruta graveolens

Soreness and lameness as from a sprain or bruise.

Rheumatism of wrists and ankles.

Causticum, Sulphuricum acidum, Sulphur and Silicea have a weakness or giving away of the ankles.

Actea racemosa is especially indicated in rheumatism of the fleshy parts of the muscles.


Rheumatism resulting from exposure to dampness, cold and excessive muscular strain combined ; the parts are sore and bruised.

Ankylosing spondylitis is a hereditary back condition. If left untreated, the disease can cause progressive stiffening of the spine, leading to immobility.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a painful, progressive rheumatic disease, mainly of the spine.It can also affect other joints, tendons and ligaments and other areas, such as the eyes and heart.It is caused by inflammation in the joints between the vertebrae, and of the sacroiliac joints in the pelvis.
Ankylosing spondylitis cripples several people all over.
Males are more prone thane females most commonly between the ages of 15 and 35 years.

As a reaction to the inflammation, a small amount of bone erosion occurs.

After the inflammation has subsided, new bone is created as part of the healing process.

After repeated attacks, this additional bone growth can surround the disc.

Effectively this means that the bones begin to fuse together, although most sufferers will only experience partial fusion, usually in the pelvic area.

Sufferers initially experience stiffness and mild back pain, which is worse first thing in the morning.

The initial symptoms can be prevented and relieved by regular movement of the areas involved.

If this is not done, the formation of new bone can lead to increased stiffness, and to deformity with stooping posture in the spine.

Eventually the stiffness and deformity become irreversible.

Treating the condition

The best way to stop the progression of ankylosing spondylitis is to regularly exercise all parts of the spine and the chest area.

If started early and continued regularly - every day - the result is excellent with little restriction of movement or deformity.

These exercises are very specialised and have to be done irrespective of the patient's lifestyle.

Additional exercises may also be needed for the shoulders and the hips which are the most frequently affected joints other than the spine.

Swimming is a good sport for patients with spondylitis as it moves the shoulders and hips.

Homoeopathic medication are a great help here, but it is not a substitute for a regular exercise programme.


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