4. Pains that Spread Around the Body
Even though the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis usually first appear where the spine joins the pelvis, this arthritis-like inflammation easily spreads to affect joints in the shoulder, elbow, ankle, knees, the heel and other areas. Damaged joints feel extremely tender and are painful when moved. The patient could also notice swellings in these areas, and sometimes this might be accompanied by a warm feeling. The exact course the disease takes and its severity follow so many different patterns there is no way to know in advance where and how it will develop.