Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an
The inflammation associated with AS can be widespread, which means a person can experience symptoms in other areas of the body. One common symptom is fatigue or an extreme feeling of tiredness.
While some treatments focus on reducing pain and stiffness, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, other treatments and therapies may help reduce fatigue.
Some medications, like
The following infographic shows some quick facts about treatments for AS that can help reduce fatigue.
Biologics and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs can
Physical therapy can help improve or maintain mobility. But it may also help improve energy levels. Studies show that physical therapy can effectively lower fatigue levels in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, which means it may help lower fatigue associated with AS.
Reducing or quitting smoking
Studies show that smoking links with severe disease activity and lower quality of life due to worsening symptoms, including pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
A person may see a higher quality of life, including reduced fatigue, by following their treatment plan consistently. It is advisable for them to report new symptoms or health concerns to a doctor for adjustment as needed.