My rheumy started suspecting AS b/c I had developed severe spine problems (stenosis, spondylosis, DDD, sciatica, disc herniations) and sometimes my spine pains & tenderness would travel up & down my spine. I also started having pains in my shoulders, hips/pelvis area, my rear end (the bones deep inside there hurt alot), my knees, and ankles. He sent me for x-rays & MRI's but they did not show any fusing anywhere. I did not have that blood test done, though. so he's ruled out AS for now but always asks me about these areas when I come in. I should note that I do not have Crohn's disease, though. I have also read that fusing can show up much later in women & they can even have different disease activity than men.
what r the 6 criteria for AS? now i developed stiff neck and back pain plus ribs pain.
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I also suffer from AS. Mine is no where near as advanced as your's. So far it has remained in my outer hip joints, my groin area hip joints, and my lower back or sacroiliac joints. It hurts like he**. I have decent range of motion. I was on methotrexate but had to quit because I can't afford to go to the Dr. every six weeks and have blood work done. I've also tried sulfasalazine, which was awesome until I developed mouth sores. Nothing would help them, we tried folic acid and the standard solution. So again I'm on nothing but aspirin. My point to all of this is that I can sympathize with you and I wish you some pain free days.
One more after thought; my knees hurt so bad that I can hardly stand up from a sitting position. Can AS effect you knees and ankles etc?