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ive been suffering lower back pain on and off for years, usually being prescribed naproxen and cocodomol. After realising that my old mattress wasnt the cause of my back pain at night (replaced it with a new one) i went to the doctor and mentioned AS, after many questions my Doc agreed and i had blood taken which i am still waiting for the results 4 weeks later - testing for HLA-B27.
The Doc prescribed Ibuprofen for 3 weeks which helped after about a week. Hes now told me to stay off the Ibuprofen for a few weeks and only use when needed after this. So now Im in pain, the Ibuprofen has worn off, Im so tired and quite frankly depressed. He has referred me to the Rheumatology clinic at the hospital, but thats months off. Ive convinced myself that the HLA-B27 will be negetive, because nothing seems to be straightforward for me!
I suffered a period of a few months around a decade ago where i was struck down - literally with seeming arthritis everywhere - it went after a couple of months, im not sure if it was ever diagnosed, i know that at the time they kept asking if id had an infection, which i couldnt remember having so Reactive Arthritis was what they were thinking, and i know theres a link with the HLA-B27 there.
Im interested to hear anyone elses experience in being diagnosed, how long it took, whether you are HLA-B27 + or not, and what treatment you're on.
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