Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Calgary Herald: Using MRI to diagnose AS, plus more

A Calgary Herald article ostensibly about using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to speed up the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis -- most of us apparently go between seven and 10 years before being properly diagnosed -- also goes on to talk about ankylosing spondylitis in general, its symptoms and effects, and its treatment. It points out that the young men who predominantly come down with the disease are the least likely to seek treatment and the most likely to suck it up, and explicitly mentions the big money behind biological response modifiers (i.e., TNF alpha blockers, biologics, etc.). Worth a read, especially for people needing an introduction to our disease.

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