Complementary Homeopathic Treatment Worked Wonderfully In Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis
A 40-years-old man, Mr. P.G. (PIN 27734) visited Life Force Homeopathy in January 2016 for the treatment of his Ankylosing Spondylitis.
His complaints had started in November 2013 when he gradually started getting a back pain, pain in the hip joints, and morning stiffness. On investigations in December 2013, his HLA B27 was positive. MRI of Sacro-Iliac joints done in January 2014 was suggestive of Inflammatory Spondyloarthropathy with bilateral inflammatory sacroiliitis, a possibility of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Based on the symptoms and investigation reports, the diagnosis was made as Ankylosing Spondylitis by an orthopedic surgeon. He was put on the conventional treatment.
After a few months, his cervical spine (Neck) got affected. He developed stiffness of the neck and restricted neck movements. He could not move his neck beyond a certain limit. He also experienced the pain in his left shoulder joint. In April 2014, he went to his native place in Jaipur where he visited a doctor who advised him Remicade injections (Infliximab). With these injections, his pain was under control till November 2014. But, after November 2014, gradually the symptoms appeared again. He was given Methotrexate, Indomethacin, and calcium and vitamin D supplements on and off with a temporary relief.
When he visited Life Force in January 2016, he narrated the pain in bilateral hip joints (Sacroiliac joints), back (lumbar and cervical spine), right heel, elbow joints, hands, and both the knees. He used to get swelling on his heel, elbows, and knees. He would experience a severe stiffness in the upper and lower back and bilateral hip joints. The stiffness would be more in the morning. His movements were restricted, particularly those of the neck and lower back. His pain would aggravate on exertion or due to the lack of rest. He would feel better after having a rest. He was on the conventional treatment. He was taking tablet Sazo 1000 (Sulfasalazine) twice a day.
His maternal uncle was suffering from Ankylosing spondylitis. His father suffered from hypertension, and his mother was diabetic.
He would prefer a vegetarian diet. He would like to eat spicy and bit salty food.
Mr. PG was working as an engineer in a software company. His wife was in the same profession. His son was 11 years old, and he was suffering from Autism. The patient used to be under a constant stress due to his son.
After going through the case and detailed evaluation, Dr. Shah prescribed research-based medicine to the patient. He also advised the patient to continue the physiotherapy and stretching exercises.
In March 2016, the patient visited for first his follow-up with 25% relief in pain in all his joints. His swelling and stiffness had also reduced. He continued the conventional treatment i.e. tablet Sazo 1000 (Sulfasalazine) twice a day. Dr. Shah upgraded the prescription based on the follow-up.
In August 2016, there was around 50% relief in his pain in the bilateral hip joints (Sacroiliac joints), back (lumbar and cervical spine), right heel, elbow joints, hands, and both the knees. His swelling reduced completely. There was a marked improvement in his relief from the stiffness and the range of movements of his neck and lower back. He continued the medicine prescribed by Dr, Shah.
Till December 2016, the patient reported around 75% relief in all his complaints. He was advised to reduce the dose of his conventional treatment under the guidance of his treating doctor.
In May 2017, there was around 80% improvement in his condition. The patient was happy with the treatment.
In November 2017, the patient was further better and he could reduce the dose of his conventional treatment to half. Dr. Shah prescribed him medicine based on the symptoms.
In the recent follow-up of March 2018, the pain, stiffness, and swelling of the affected joints of the patient were under the control. There was no recurrence of the acute pain since the treatment had started. The patient is also following regular exercises and healthy diet as advised. The dose of the conventional medicine was reduced to half. The patient is happy with the treatment and wants to continue the homeopathic medicines further to control the progress of the disease.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a deep-seated immunological disease, where the conventional treatment alone is not enough in most cases. The inclusion of the right homeopathic medication is strongly suggested for a better control and long-term management of the disease.
- Written by Dr. Aparna, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah