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When to Call A Doctor

Contact a health care professional if you have any symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, especially:

  • Back pain and stiffness that gets worse gradually over weeks or months

  • Early morning stiffness that improves when you take a warm shower or do light exercise, especially if this symptom lasts for weeks or months

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