Dr-A - the blood test isn't 100% accurate. I have talked to many of the people on the arthritis forum and many who have been diagnosed with AS didn't have the bloodwork to confirm. In fact their early symptoms were very mild and nothing showed up on xrays. Eventually as time went on, their AS became more advanced and then it was confirmed by xray but still was never present in the blood.
But I agree that in order to get a correct diagnosis, you need to see a rheumatologist. But being stiff and sore doesn't necessarily mean that its a sign of AS. It can be many things. I also have those symptoms but mine are mostly from my sciatic nerve and sacroiilitis.
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