An Autoimmune Disease known to be associated with tissue type HLA B27, affecting facet joints between vertebrae; joints become inflamed, then stiff, effectively fusing vertebrae together, causing spine to become increasingly rigid. Condition usually starts in sacroiliac joint (joint between sacrum and ilium of pelvis) with low backache and morning stiffness; if stiffness progresses up spine, joints between ribs and spine may be affected, causing chest pain or breathing difficulties; if upper spine is affected, jaw and movement and even eyes may be affected. Orthodox treatment is physiotherapy, steroids or other anti-inflammatory drugs, and in severe cases surgery. Homeopathy offers constitutional treatment and, in the early stages, the remedy below.
Specific remedy to be taken 3 times daily for up to 5 days
- Pain around sacroiliac joint, aggravated by walking and stooping Aesculus 30c
Self-help: Take Calcium Fluor. tissue salt 3 times daily, and do some form of daily exercise - swimming is especially good. Deep breathing for several minutes each day will help to keep the joints between your spine and ribs mobile. Use a hard mattress, and sleep on your front without a pillow, rather than on your back or side; that way your spine can relax into its natural curve. Avoid prolonged sitting, especially driving; if you have a sedentary job, get up and walk about every 30 minutes or so. You should also do as little bending and lifting as possible. If you smoke, try to stop. Try the Arthritis Diet.