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I see a lot of people with symptoms like me and they don't seem to figure out what the issue is so I just wanted to share my experience. I had back pain for years while sleeping at night or sitting around the house on the weekends. At first it was just side pain that would cause either my left leg or right leg kind of hurt and cause me to limp a little in the mornings and then it would go away as the day progressed. As time went on I started to have more back pain in the mornings but nothing too serious for a few years but enough pain to notice that I had some type of back issues but it would go away after I got up and went to work. Occasionally it was bad enough I would go to the doctor or miss work and the doctors would blow me off with a bunch of pills and act like nothing serious was wrong. This went on for years and progressively got really bad but I was always able to deal with it cause I just got use to the pain and I avoided doing anything too difficult out of fear I would hurt myself. I thought this was all part of getting older and that it was normal. I would come home from work tired but no pain and I would get in my recliner or lay on the couch and within a few hours I would start to feel back pain. When I would go to bed I would wake up in the middle of the night with back pain usually about 4 hours after I went to sleep. Remember it wasn't horrible in the beginning but I knew something wasn't right. Just so everyone understands I am only 37 years old now so this all started when I was 18 yrs old but as I said it wasn't very bad in the beginning. I had MRI's done along with x-rays and I even went to chiropractors with no luck and everyone told me there was nothing wrong. I started to think I was crazy and the doctors made me feel like I was crazy too because they would do blood work and whatever else they could and it always came back as normal. I felt like everyone thought I was making this up. Out of discouragement I didn't go to the doctors anymore after years of being turned down because everything always turned out to be that I was crazy and this was all in my head. My wife would tell me to go to the doctor all the time but it just seem like a waste of time. About 3 years ago I started going back to the doctors because it was starting to interfere with my daily life and the doctors did the same tests they always did like blood work and MRIs and they would tell me that I had signs of degenerative disc desease and some pinched nerves and blah blah blah but that it was normal for a man my age. At this point in my life I can't sleep anymore after 3-4 hrs a night because the pain is so bad that I feel like it's hard to breath and it's hard to get out of bed and I would take hot baths at 1-2am in the morning just to ease the pain. I couldnt even bend over to put my socks and shoes on let alone tie my shoes in the morning but according to the doctors this is normal for a man my age. I was getting cortisone shots in my knees and my back is as stiff as a tree and my hips hurt and on and on. Anyways a lot of the discussions I read where people can't figure out what is wrong and why their back hurts sounds like my story. I would suggest everyone that can't get any results from family doctors and walk in clinics go see a rheumatologist and have them check for auto immune deseases. After kicking and screaming the doctors sent me to a rhuemotologist and it turned out I had an auto immune desease called ankylosing spondylitis and I am 100% pain free today. I understand not everyone will have my condition but people that are not getting results might get some hope seeing a rheumatologist.
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