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I've been reading your posts and found them very helpful. It's thanks to the power of Google that I started suspecting AS might be exactly what I have. However! Like some people here, that's not what the rheumatologist thought today. I should be ecstatic that he believes I have mechanical pain but I'm not convinced!
I'm a 41-YO woman and my symptoms are:
-Middle and lower back pain, wakes me up at 4am and doesn't go away until I get up and start moving. Started 4-5Y ago now and again, last 6 months frequent, weeks at a time, doesn't matter where I sleep ( changed bed, mattress, added memory foam...no difference)
-Index finger light pain for 2Y, hurts touching the area lightly, like neuropathic pain. Normal x-ray (GP though ?periosteal lifting)
-Achilles/peroneal pain in certain positions 1 1/2Y
-I have bumps on some fingernails
-I had unexplained optic neuritis in 2012
My inflammatory markers are negative
He examined me thoroughly and concluded I just have mechanical pain.
This is my MRI report:
There is cervical spondylosis at C5/6 there is a broad based
posterior disc osteophyte bar this results in bilateral
foraminal narrowing and impingement of both exiting C6 nerve
At C6/7 there is a further posterior disc osteophyte bar
resulting in bilateral foraminal narrowing. There is
impingement of both exiting C7 nerve roots.
No other significant disc lesion
Normal alignment. There are posterior disc protrusions at
T7/8 and T8/9. No associated compression.
Normal alignment. There is loss of disc height and hydration
at L4/5 and L5/S1.
At l4/5 there is a non compressive disc bulge.
At L5/S1 there is broad based disc bulge with bilateral
facet hypertrophy . This results in left lateral recess and
foraminal narrowing. The disc is in contact with both the
exiting L5 and descending left S1 nerve roots but no
Lumbar degenerative disease
Do you expert people agree with my consultant?
I was certain he would confirm my suspicions. I was certain I had AS. The pain I have is still tolerable as on/off but... not AS?!
Thank you in advance
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