Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) belongs to the spondyloarthropathy group of arthritis that also includes reactive arthritis & psoriatic arthritis. As a group it is as common as Rheumatoid arthritis.
However; Ankylosing spondylitis, somehow, has always been a bit ignored as compared to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It is has been that ‘poor cousin’ of RA. If you look at the number of research papers in a year, one would realize that AS attracts much less research than RA (about 2500 research papers on RA as compared to about 500 on AS in the year 2010- source pubmed). The number of DMARDs available for AS is much lesser than RA. We have clear-cut treatment strategies (for eg. Early DMARDs, tight inflammation control) in RA; however, due to relative lack of studies, such strategies are missing in AS.
Even on the patient/ health care social media (hcsm) front, there are very few AS blogs as compared to RA blogs.
This is a humble effort from my side to bridge this gap & empower the Ankies (Those with Ankylosing spondylitis; just like RAers!) to take care of themselves.