Ankylosing Spondylitis

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   Posted 11/9/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Long time, no post! Anyways, I was wondering for those who have AS associated with Crohn's; how did your syptoms start and what did your doctor do for you? My GI is currently having me tested: hip and lumbar x-rays, labwork, and bone density scan. Any advice for me?
CD for 3 years

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/9/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jennifer,
I have AS due to the CD. My first symptoms were unbearable hip and lower back pain, so bad I could'nt walk let alone dress myself. Heat pads and an extremely hot shower helped me eventually move and then I woulkd walk as that seemd to ease the pain. (hard to walk when you are in agony though).
My Rheumy did blood tests, xrays and scans that detected the fusing. I dont think bone density tests pick up AS, but I might be wrong.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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