The primary symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis involve the spine.
- Symptoms usually start gradually and the disease can actually take 8 to 10 years to develop fully
- Chronic pain and stiffness in the centre of the spine or the whole spine are the main symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
- The pain may radiate to buttocks or thighs.
Certain other symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis include:
- Uveitis, i.e. inflammation of the anterior chamber of the eye with redness and eye pain. This causes the patient to experience floaters in eyes and intolerance to light.
- Chest pain and generalized fatigue.
- Calcaneal spurs may also develop.
- Inflammation of aorta, apical lung fibrosis and distension of the sacral nerve root sheaths may occur.