Your Guide to Traveling With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Don’t let the aches and pains of ankylosing spondylitis get in the way of a vacation. Try these smart tips to make your trip a happy one.

No matter where you’re traveling, your ankylosing spondylitis (AS) makes the trip, too. Although your condition may make it harder to get from point A to point B,  it shouldn’t clip your wings. Planning ahead before you pack your bags can help make your journey smoother.

The Challenges of Traveling When You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

Pain and stiffness in the back or buttocks are typical AS symptoms, according to the Spondylitis Association of America. Staying in one position — when you’re stuck on a long flight, for example — can pose a problem, says Olivia Ghaw, MD, a rheumatologist and assistant professor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Plus, people with this kind of arthritis often have fatiguebecause of joint inflammation, which can make traveling even more difficult, she adds.

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