The idea that inflammatory rheumatic diseases are caused or transmitted by food is wrong. There are no data to implicate any particular food in the development of a rheumatic disease. However, the bacteria that are ingested with water, meat, fish, vegetables or other products they can contribute to worsening ankylosing spondylitis symptoms or even trigger the disease when the soil is suitable.
People who carry the HLA-B27 are predisposed to develop joint inflammation on contact with bacterial antigens chemically similar to HLA-B27 itself. Avoid therefore bi unchlorinated water sanitized vegetables that are not properly washed, raw shellfish, eggs or derivatives not subject to the appropriate heat treatment (cooking, frying …)
Multiple industrial food preparations contain a considerable amount of preservatives, colorings, flavorings and stabilizers unnatural that can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestine, facilitating the passage of bacterial fragments (antigens) to the bloodstream.
There is no specific diet for the sick of ankylosing spondylitis but in general diet should aim for moderation.
If the ankylosing spondylitis complications is very active and very annoying stiffness may be necessary to go a season without work or even hospital treatment. This does not mean standing still and that such a thing could hasten ankylosis of the spine. So you can use the time off without work to expand the exercises of the back, chest and limbs to keep them flexible.
In bed, it is important to try to remain part of tummy time. Should adopt this position a few minutes before getting up and the first 20 minutes after bedtime, provided that the patient’s condition permits. At first you may not be able to hold more than five minutes at a time and even that needed a pillow under the chest, but with practice, as the spine relaxes, it will be easier. If it becomes a habit, this position will help prevent your back and hips to bend, but not feasible every day, at least a bit of time spent on them is better than nothing.
Lying on the bed on your back with legs dangling toward the floor can also be a good stretch.
The bed should be firm, comfortable and with some degree of cushioning. If you have a box spring, you need to get right and put a board between the mattress and box spring. A sheet of plywood is a suitable base. Mattresses should be reviewed regularly, taking care not to buy one too hard. It is advisable to escape the manufacturers claiming to have some extensive medical knowledge, appreciation of gold sold mattresses.
It is good to reduce the number of pads to one or none. Lying back on a cushion high could lead to gradual loss of the good alignment of the neck and shoulders. It is therefore advisable in many cases the use of individual and personalized pillows.
The chairs all efforts should aim to maintain an upright posture. It is rare that the column will stagnate completely, but, in anticipation of this, the patient with ankylosing spondylitis symptoms should always strive to maintain a straight spine. That is why the chair from home or work you must have all adjustment or accommodation facilities available, to any change in position and adequate freedom of movement (seat with adjustable height, backrest with adjustable tilt, armrest height and always support modifiable), and preferably rotating. The seat area should not be too long to not have difficulty adjusting to the lower back to support.
Low chairs and soft sofas are disaster areas, promote poor posture and increase pain.