Original 2022-10-26 09:38 · General Practice Doctor Zhou
In the past few days, photos of Li Yuchun attending the event in a wheelchair have been swiped on the Internet. As a top-notch star, Li Yuchun has always appeared in front of fans as a positive, optimistic and energetic idol image. Now, at the age of 38, she suddenly sits in a wheelchair, which makes many people concerned and curious.
In fact, as early as the second season of recording “My Bronze Age”, Li Yuchun blew himself up with ankylosing spondylitis . This is a chronic inflammatory disease with a long course of disease and slow recovery. The treatment is life-long, causing great pain to the patient. Li Yuchun once said that the disease made her unable to sleep well at night, and she could not even walk on the ground, so she often relied on a wheelchair to travel.
In this regard, many netizens said: Li Yuchun, as a first-line star, is already worth hundreds of millions, and it stands to reason that he can enjoy the best medical resources, but why can’t he cure ankylosing spondylitis?
Some netizens pointed out: because ankylosing spondylitis is a kind of “immortal cancer”, it is useless to have money, not only Li Yuchun, Zhang Jiayi, Jay Chou and Cai Shaofen that we know are all patients with ankylosing spondylitis, they They have been suffering from this disease all the time.
So, what is ankylosing spondylitis? Why is it called “immortal cancer”?
Ankylosing spondylitis, literally an inflammatory disease of the spine, is a disease of the rheumatic immune system, mainly affecting the small joints of the spine, the soft tissues adjacent to the spine, and peripheral joints such as hip joints and knee joints. Dull pain and morning stiffness, aggravated by rest and relieved by activity.
In other words, having ankylosing spondylitis will seriously affect a person’s activities, and even twisting the neck is difficult in severe cases. If you want to turn your head, you have to turn around together with your body. As the disease progresses, it will develop into a hunched back, and the walking posture is also different from ordinary people.
In the TV series, we saw Zhang Jiayi walk with a hunchback, sometimes twisting and twisting, because he thought it was a disease.
Translated by Zhang Jia
Because the disease is particularly torturous and painful when inactive, and only relieved when active, the most painful time is when you sleep at night. Sometimes some very simple actions cannot be done and need help from others.
At present, the incidence of ankylosing spondylitis in my country is about 0.25%, more men than women. Because the current medical technology cannot completely cure ankylosing spondylitis, only early treatment and lifestyle intervention can effectively control the development of spinal inflammation, delay the disease process, and reduce the disability rate.
Therefore, once ankylosing spondylitis is diagnosed, it is a lifelong disease, so it is called “immortal cancer”.
It is understood that Li Yuchun is currently single, and her close friend has also revealed that her wish is to find a boyfriend who is in love, but now she is struggling to even walk.
When she was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at the age of 37, Li Yuchun did not believe it for a while, thinking that the doctor made a wrong diagnosis, but after changing several hospitals, they all confirmed the diagnosis in unison. It took Li Yunchun more than half a year to come to the hospital. Accept the truth.
To say that Li Yuchun is worth hundreds of millions, he is definitely different from ordinary patients with ankylosing spondylitis, that is, they can enjoy the most advanced and best medical resources, use expensive drugs, and the condition can be better controlled.
Who is at risk for ankylosing spondylitis? How to effectively prevent ankylosing spondylitis?
Since no breakthrough has been made in the research on the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis, it is mainly believed that it is caused by the combined effects of genetic factors, infectious factors, immune factors, and endocrine factors . A large number of clinical data have been summarized and found that the following people are prone to ankylosing spondylitis:
①Young and middle-aged people: Especially in the strong years of men, according to the statistics of epidemiological data, the prevalent age of ankylosing spondylitis is the young and middle-aged men, the ratio of males to females exceeds 2:1, and the prevalence rate reaches 0.1% to 1.6%.
②There are families with ankylosing spondylitis in the immediate family, which are prone to cluster cases.
③ Patients with chronic inflammatory infection: like suffering from chronic infectious diseases, such as periodontitis, respiratory tract infection, intestinal infection, etc.
④Smokers: Statistics show that smokers have a higher probability of suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, and smoking patients have a more severe disease and a lower degree of activity (the degree of activity is one of the indicators to evaluate the severity of ankylosing spondylitis. The more serious the disease, the lower the activity.), the imaging manifestations of X-ray and CT examination are more serious.
Since there is no clear pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis, there are not many targeted measures for ordinary people to prevent ankylosing spondylitis. The following points can be prevented:
1. People with a family history of ankylosing spondylitis or a family history of HLA-B27 positive should have regular physical examinations, seek medical attention in a timely manner if abnormalities are found, early diagnosis and early treatment are very effective in controlling the progression of the disease.
2. When there is chronic inflammation in the body, it should be actively treated to eliminate hidden dangers as soon as possible.
3. Quit smoking, quit drinking, and develop good eating habits.
4. Eat a reasonable diet, take part in more physical exercise, ensure adequate sleep, and improve immunity.
In fact, disease is fair to everyone. We can’t just see the brilliance of others, but we can’t see the pain behind others. For most people, we are ordinary, and stars may have much better economic conditions. But in the face of disease, we are all the same, and the pain we suffer is the same. A peaceful and healthy life is a longing for everyone. Finally, I wish all patients with ankylosing spondylitis can overcome the disease as soon as possible and return to a healthy life.