I want to first thank all the people here that have helped verify my realities, and the doctor that finally defined my AS! I had been having pain in my hip & groin area for over a yr. My OB GYN thoroughly checked me out... premenopausal. My PC doc said "degenerative issues". I knew of a bulging disc in my lower back, had a cervical disc fusion (neck) in 1990 (at the perfectly healthy, ripe age of 28). The hip that they took the bone plug from has always given me extra issues, & haven't been able to wear heels since. Knees have given me problems off & on through the yrs.
I fell in February, and that "woke up" ailments I hadn't had, amplified those I had times ten and both arms are numbing out. My primary dr did xrays, determined no acute fractures and again said it was an age/degenerative arthritis thing. He recommended I see a rheumatologist.
I took his advice and found one with good reviews. He was very interested in my skin & nails, which are okay, but I found odd. I had no idea, nor would I ever dream skin conditions can me signs of, or be a precursor, of certain forms of arthritis. He also basically said thyroid issues can mimic arthritis. Who knew? He sent me down for labs & a pelvis xray...the one xray I hadn't had, and my hip(s) are really the most painful & troublesome. They drew 7 vials of blood, which kind of alarmed me! One was a thorough thyroid check, the others were a rheumatoid test, something to do with Fibro (which I was diagnosed with about 5 yrs ago & now question if I was misdiagnosed)& a few others I couldn't identify.
My follow up isn't till Wed, but the doc did send me my lab results and briefly went over them with me on the phone. My HPLA-B27 test was high. After researching on my own, and reading everyone's posts here, all my problems over the yrs are now explained. It's like a puzzle coming together. There's the Fibro, IBS, a spell of eczema, one eye that streamed ALL the time (until I started taking the anti-inflammatory he prescribed), the neck surgery with no "reason", various joint & back issues, the fact that my leg pain worse when I'm constipated (that one really made me question if I was crazy) and my inability to sit, stand or move for any length of time.
I'm scared of the future, but so grateful that I have an explanation for everything! I'm also thankful to have found this forum...the bravery I've read of makes me hopeful I too can "KickAS"!!
Thanks for having me!
Edited by lessismore (05/12/12 11:12 AM)
Edit Reason: Wrong topic area...sorry