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On another AS forum an individual said that even if you stop the pain and soreness of the inflammation of AS or just stop the inflammation, the disease process keeps going. He said the chemicals produced by the inflammatory cells breaks down healthy tissue, leaves scar tissue which calcifies and turns into bone. The end result in ankylosis or bony fusion. He seemed to indicate that the only way to slow or maybe even halt this process was through a regular regimin of either NSAID's, DMARD's, or TNF Alpha Blockers.
I would think that if you stop the inflammation that the disease process would stop. But maybe thats not true. Maybe once the inflammatory cells release those chemicals that even arreating the inflammation will not have any effect on the process of damage to tissue then scar tissue, then calcification, then bony fusion. Are any of these drugs designed to slow down or halt this process?
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