FMS, and AS

Also called: fibrositis


It is widespread muscle pain and tenderness.

Very common

More than 3 million US cases per year
Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Chronic: can last for years or be life long

Requires a medical diagnosis
People may experience:
Pain: can be chronic, can occur at night, diffuse, sharp, or throbbing, in the muscles, abdomen, back, elbow, or neck, severe
Muscular: muscle tenderness, delayed onset muscle soreness, or muscle spasms
Sensory: pins and needles, sensitivity to cold, or sensitivity to pain
Sleep: difficulty falling asleep, sleep disturbances, or sleepiness
Whole body: fatigue, feeling tired, malaise, or nausea
Cognitive: forgetfulness or lack of concentration
Hand: sensation of coldness or tingling
Mood: mood swings or nervousness
Gastrointestinal: bloating or constipation
Psychological: anxiety or depression
Also common: acute episodes, headache, irritability, joint stiffness, painful menstruation, or tingling feet

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.


Ankylosing Spondylitis


Ankylosing spondylitis
Also called: Bechterew’s disease

It is an inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints.

200,000 to 3 million US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Chronic: life long
Consult a doctor for medical advice

More about this condition
Requires a medical diagnosis

Symptoms typically appear in early adulthood and include reduced flexibility in the spine. This reduced flexibility eventually results in a hunched-forward posture. Pain in the back and joints is also common.

People may experience:
Pain: in the ankle, eye, heel, hip, joints, lower back, middle back, neck, or shoulder, can occur during rest
Eyes: inflammation of the eye’s middle layer or redness
Joints: back joint dysfunction, stiffness, or tenderness
Visual: blurred vision or sensitivity to light
Also common: arthritis, bone tissue formation, fatigue, hunched back, inflamed tendons, inflammatory bowel disease, physical deformity, or sleep disturbances
Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources: Mayo Clinic and others

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