It's More Than
Chronic pain in the lower back can be more significant than you realise. Learn about spondyloarthropathy and how to spot the signs.
Spondyloarthropathy causes back pain, joint pain and inflammation, and can be mistaken for other types of pain. This is because awareness of this autoimmune disease tends to be low. And because the condition affects younger people, many downplay and manage the symptoms until the condition worsens.
In spondyloarthropathy, the immune system gets confused and attacks the body. The term refers to a family of long-term diseases of the joints that include ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome (reactive arthritis), psoriatic arthritis, and joint problems linked to inflammatory bowel disease (enteropathic arthritis). While each of these specific conditions present different symptoms and outcomes, they are similar in that all of them:
- usually involve the sacroiliac joint in the lower back, causing pain in the buttocks area
- affect areas where your ligaments and tendons attach to bone, most commonly causing pain in the heel
- involve stiffness in the back or neck that is worse in the morning and after periods of rest but gets better during the day and after exercise
- cause fatigue