Ankylosing spondylitis is generally considered worldwide as a man’s disease as it affects men mostly. But actually, the facts tell some other story. Ankylosing spondylitis happens to the women as well.
The rate is not that high in the case of women as much as it is in the case of men, but around one out of four patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis is a woman. Well, this is not a matter to be surprised about, as HLA-B27, which is called as the genetic marker of this disease, is found in both men as well as women equally.
Although, a presence of this marker doesn’t indicate the surety of occurrence of this disease. Ankylosing spondylitis is generally considered worldwide as a man’s disease as it affects men mostly. But actually, the facts tell some other story.
Unlike in the case of men, its diagnosis is not that easy, when the sufferer is a woman. This might be due to a slower rate of progression, or appearance of milder symptoms in the initial stages.
Situations may also arise, where the doctors might end up interpreting the symptoms as an indication of some other disease such as fibromyalgia, due to the similarity in traits. These factors at times hinder the disease from being detected in the initial stages itself.
When a woman suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, like other patients of this disease, she too always has a pain in her back, which worsens when the patient takes rest but gets better if the patient exercises it. Strange!! But true.
In combination with the back pain, the patient always shows the following symptoms-
Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis in Women
• Stiffness in her back after resting (generally occurs after waking up in the morning, also known as ‘morning stiffness’)
• Formation of patches of itchy, thick, red and dry skin on body (also known as ‘psoriasis’)
• Inflammation of the eyes
• Irregular nails
• Frequent occurrence of mouth ulcers
• Abdominal pain due to diarrhea
• Reduction in range of motion due to stiffness
• Extreme fatigue (common symptom in both men as well as women)