Hello from UK,
I have Ankylosing Spondylitis & Scoliosis. My spine is almost completely fused, my hips; knees; feet; shoulders and hands are also affected either by the AS or Arthritis triggered by the AS!
Due to me having a complex medical history, including: 4 heart attacks, which have left their own particular problems; mitral valve prolapse; heart failure; stroke; pulmonary embolism; major gastric haemorrhage and Diabetes. I may well have forgotten something but I think you get the idea!!
All my doctors can offer me is to help with the reduction of pain by provision of Morphine! I cannot take NSAIDs due to an intolerance to Aspirin. I cannot be placed on Anti-TNF therapy due to my heart problems.
Thank goodness for Morphine!