Any guys been referred for a PSA test during diagnosis?

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Hi, I'm a 42 y/o male being investigated for AS and am HLA-B27 negative. Pain in lower back and ribs for six months. At my first physio appt yesterday (I'm still waiting for my rheumy appt) it was suggested I have PSA test, to which I agreed.

Obviously this caused me a little alarm and sent me scurrying to the internet where I find that referred back pain can be a symptom of prostate cancer. Has anyone else been referred for this test? The physio did not do the BASMI tests at this stage but did do basic assessments and press on my sacroiliac joint  however I don't feel pain instantly on contact, so she and the specialist are probably fairly flummoxed!

 

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    Hi sunlight2

    Stop referring to Dr.Google you will cause yourself unnecassary stress and anxiety....wait to see your rheumy and wait for the PSA test.....best wishes..

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    Hi sunlight2

    Stop referring to Dr.Google you will cause yourself unnecassary stress and anxiety....wait to see your rheumy and wait for the PSA test results.....best wishes..

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    Hang in there Sunlight!

    I'm not a man and cannot share any experience in regard to PSA testing. I would just like to give you some support.

    I'd focus on the positive side - your doctors are actually DOING something, dotting the i's crossing the t's. They want to make sure that there isn't something else going with or without the AS.

    I'm negative to the gene too and apart from the characteristic pain, flare-ups with spasms... I have no visible damage on my SI or other joint(s), spine etc. 

    Now I'm pushing for some more testing to exclude anything funny with the kidneys. Needles to say my doctors are not too keen, and motivating them to do additional testing takes a long time. Especially since my blood work is ok and I'm mobile. 

    I control my symptoms with exercising (yoga), meditation and no starch diet. I also take natural supplements like tumeric with black pepper.

    Be patient and think positive. Focus on the things YOU can do and do not ponder over those that do not depend on you (or at least try not to wink.

    Hope you'll get good results!

     

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    I wouldn't worry too much sunlight. They are just ruling things out. I had ultra sounds done on every organ including ovaries and womb plus smear tests and they checked for cervical cancer or STD's etc a lot of things were ruled out before they suspected AS. I am seeing 3 different specialists this month for stomach, thyroid and rheum. Still no answers yet even though I have been feeling sick for almost 3years but at least I'm getting somewhere.

    It's a slow process, frustrating and of course very worrying but try to relax. Try to focus on things you CAN control like exercise, good nutrition , some good supplements especially omegas, vitamin D and magnesium. These are prob the best ones for any type of arthritis. I also take a good pro-biotic and turmeric which is a powerful anti inflammatory

    I hope everything works out. There is no point driving yourself crazy with all the added stress and worry

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    Thanks for these replies all...very reassuring and I'm sure it's just a 'ruling out' rather than anything suspected.

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