What Kind of Doctor Treats Ankylosing Spodylitis & Reactive Arthritis?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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My husband was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis a few years back.  He is now 33.  He was allergic to Sulfasalazine (which worked wonders!) and had to discontinue using it. He now takes Indomethecin. Our family doctor told him to ask the specialist if he thought he could have Reiter's Syndrome. I am especially concerned recently, as he seems extremely fatigued and wants to spend all his time in bed. Can you make any suggestions?

Doctor's Response

A doctor who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Reiter's Syndrome (now referred to as Reactive Arthritis) is called a rheumatologist.  It may be of great help to get an opinion of a rheumatologist in this instance. There are many medications which are available to treat these conditions, which are closely related.

Fatigue has many possible causes. Active inflammation from Ankylosing Spondylitis or Reactive Arthritis commonly causes fatigue.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018