What is Marie-Strumpell Disease?
Marie-Strumpell disease is a painful, chronic, degenerative inflammatory form of arthritis that mainly involves your sacroiliac joints and spine. It eventually leads to fusion of your spine.
Marie-Strumpell disease is believed to be an autoimmune disease. This is a disease in which your own immune system that normally attacks anything foreign that invades your body, for some unknown reason, mistakenly attacks the tissues and cells of your own body. In this instance, Marie-Strumpell disease is where your immune system attacks your joints. In addition to this aspect of the disease, Marie-Strumpell disease is also similar to rheumatoid arthritis in that they are both inflammatory joint diseases.
The rarity of Marie-Strumpell disease
Fortunately, Marie-Strumpell disease is a rare disease. Only about 0.25% of the population of the United States is afflicted with Marie-Strumpell disease. Men develop this disease three times as often as women do.
How the name came about:
Marie-Strumpell disease gets its name from two people. It is named after the French neurologist Pierre Marie and the German neurologist Ernst Strumpell.
Other names of Marie-Strumpell disease:
Marie-Strumpell disease is known by some other names. It is also referred to as Bechterew's disease, Bechterew syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and spondyloarthritis.
Causes of Marie-Strumpell disease
There is no known cause of Marie-Strumpell disease, but genetic factors seem to play a role in bringing about this disease. People who have a gene called HLA-B27 seem to be at a higher risk of having Marie-Strumpell disease.
As stated above, Marie-Strumpell disease is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which your body attacks itself. However, no one knows what causes your immune system to mistakenly do this.
Risk Factors of Marie-Strumpell disease
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing Marie-Strumpell disease. Some of these include:
- Being at the age of late adolescence or early adulthood
- Having the gene HLA-B27 that is mentioned above
- Being a man
Signs you may have Marie-Strumpell disease
There are several different signs and symptoms that you may have with Marie-Strumpell disease. Some of the beginning signs and symptoms of Marie-Strumpell disease are pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips. With the passage of time, this stiffness may involve your shoulders, knees and feet. In the advanced stages of Marie-Strumpell disease, signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
- Inflammation of your eyes
- Inflammation of your bowel
- The expansion of your chest being restricted
- Weight loss that is unintentional
- A loss of appetite
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic stooping of your posture
Diagnosing the disease
In order to diagnose Marie-Strumpell disease, your doctor will likely ask about your signs and symptoms, want to know about your medical history and do a complete physical exam. Blood tests and X-rays will probably be used to help make a definitive diagnosis of Marie-Strumpell disease.
At the present time, there is no cure for Marie-Strumpell disease. Treatment is intended to bring relief to your pain and stiffness. Treatment is also aimed at preventing or delaying deformity of your spine and complications. Treatment involves a combination of exercise, physical therapy and medications. Joint replacement surgery is also an option in severe cases.
Appeal your social security denial for Marie-Strumpell disease
Marie-Strumpell disease may have progressed to a point where you have become disabled and unable to work. If this is the case, you may have sought after Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Did the Social Security Administration turn down your application for disability benefits? Has the Social Security Administration also denied your request for a reconsideration?
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