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I recently tested positive for HLA B27, I'm having further testing to see if I have AS. I have had back pain and horrible chest/rib pain for three years. The side of my ribs hurts so bad I can't sleep on my side. Breathing is painful and it hurts to touch my ribs and sternum. For a while I thought it was from exercising but it continued to get worse and after seeing several doctors I was told it was inflammation in my cartilage. Now that I'm aware of chest pain with AS, I'm wondering if this is what is causing the pain. Has anyone else experience pain on the side of your ribs just below your armpit? Or in the middle of your chest? Everything I read indicates pain is in the sternum or where the ribs connect to the spine.
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