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Old 01-15-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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Anyone been diagnosed? I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for going on two years now, but it seems that there is more going on. The doctors are going to run some tests for ankylosing spondylitis. From what I've read though, tests aren't always conclusive.

Anyone had any experience with this?
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: northeast PA
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My husband has it. PM me if you'd like specifics.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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Default genetic testing is an was pretty conclusive an stops all wondering

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Anyone been diagnosed? I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for going on two years now, but it seems that there is more going on. The doctors are going to run some tests for ankylosing spondylitis. From what I've read though, tests aren't always conclusive.

Anyone had any experience with this?
may I ask your age?normally effects males around 35 years old(also reffered to as end Sullivan dies ease)if you remember the TV host.most doctors an relatives start to think you need therapists.mine started at 35 .normally starts with a trigger (accident illness flu etc then pains start and don't really stop .I hope it doesn't sound familiar
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:10 PM
 
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I was treated 7 years for AS. The ratio is 4 to 1, with mostly males having it. Turns out this doctor was mistaken. Apparently, he tended to diagnose most women who had multiple symptoms of auto-immune problems as having a female version of AS. One day there were 9 women in his waiting room and I began asking why they were there. Each one had AS. I left and never went back. Later, an ANA blood test showed acute Systemic Lupus. I was never given a test for AS.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: NY
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Has the doctor done any spinal xrays? Often, you will see a dripping candle wax look to the spine as if wax was running down the spine.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Is there a blood test for AS? Also what is the difference between scoliosis and AS?
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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Scoliosis occurs when a person has abnormal curvature in their spine. If you are looking straight at a person, the curve will be either to the left or right. From the side, people have naturally occurring curvatures in their spine, kind of like an elongated S-curve.

AS is a rheumatic disease that may effect the whole body. Often people with AS initially get mid back pain that is worse at rest and feels better with activity.

There are no specific lab tests to identify ankylosing spondylitis. Certain blood tests can check for signs of inflammation, but inflammation can be caused by many different health problems. Your blood can be tested for the HLA-B27 gene, but most people who have that gene don't have ankylosing spondylitis.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Is there a blood test for AS? Also what is the difference between scoliosis and AS?
There is a test called HLA B27 Antigen which is present in 9% of Caucasian and 4% of Black populations.

My test says that this antigen is seen with a frequency of 90% in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

My result says that it is present. I think this may be a test that they use to detect AS along with other symptoms and radiological exams.


http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/003551.htm


Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. Scoliosis - MayoClinic.com

AS Ankylosing spondylitis: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

I had a patient back in the day who was dx with AS and he was in pretty bad shape and I remember the dr just being pretty upset over his dx.

I know when I got these labs back I was pretty upset. There were so many 'bad labs' that day but many of them finally proved my diagnoses to the dr. It was a good day and a bad day....
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