Ankylosing Spondylitis Research & Resources
The Autoimmune Connection
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an Autoimmune Disease which causes an inflammatory arthritic disorder of multiple parts of the human body including but not limited to joint pain, skeletal fusion and chronic lower back pain. It is also associated eye conditions like uveitis and iritis; as well as having an association with certain gastrointestinal disorders like IBD, Crohns, Gastritis and Ulcerative Colitis.
This condition seems to be more prevalent in those people who are tested positive for a genetic marker called HLA-B27. I believe there may also be a connection to the Rh-Negative incompatibility in humans. This theory is based on the research that 85+% of individuals diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis or "AS"; happen to test positive for the HLA-B27 genetic marker, which is said to be had by only about 8% of the population or less, based on geographical location. I saw a connection because the blood type O- also appears in about 7% of the population and again that percentage varies by the same geographical location of the population. After researching this connection and family history, I felt confidant enough to lay out my theory for my mothers' doctors, they listened and tested her for the genetic marker and it came back positive.
I do not know what the connection is; but I am looking, researching and trying to find the answers. In the meantime, I am learning about symptoms, treatments, effects and more. I will share with you what I find. Together, hopefully we can find the answers to improve the human condition. Click the link to join the forum or to learn more about other associated conditions, please click here!