Does this sound like AS?

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During both my pregnancies I had a lot of pain in SI joints but it cleared up within 3months of having both my son's. But I still have some stiffness and mild pain in that area (which doesn't really bother me in general). I did injure the joint during my first labor though. I do have pretty bad neck and shoulder pain which gets worse at night and lots of muscle tightness. The right side of my body is very tight compared to the left and I feel "lopsided" like I'm always leaning to the left.. I've had physio in the past which really helped reduce many of the symptoms and sometimes the symptoms would go away completely for like 2-3months after a session or two. My youngest son is now nearly 12months and I mentioned to my doctor the pain In my neck and asked could it be due to an issue with my thyroid?? (My thyroid is inflamed) and I explained it all started during pregnancy but it's not getting better.. he then tested for HLA-B27 which was positive... I'm just not sure my symptoms are severe enough to be associated with this? Yes the pain was horrific during pregnancy but they told me I had pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.. I know i need an mri but just curious what you all think?

My shoulders make a popping sound every time I move them in circular motion. There's also some popping sounds in my back but they are not painfull. The only thing that's really painful now is my neck.

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    Hello....it's sad that you have suffered for so long especially as an MRI would show any deterioration in your spine. Together with a Positive HLA-B27 test, I would have thought that your specialist would arrange for an MRI. Don't give up on that, it's most important that your doctor can see evidence for sure that you may have A.S. Pregnancy will always strain your back and other areas due to the added weight you are carrying...it's awkward enough to get a good nights sleep when little arms and legs invade your comfort zone...but I do feel that there is more to this in your case. Get an MRI and then let us know how you went with it...knowing is arming yourself with the right meds and will set you free from the worry of it all...At least it will put you on the right track...and will be proof of your problem...GP's and other specialists always "move quicker" if they can see proof. Push them as much as you can...and don't be fobbed off with excuses...Good luck and hugs....Gloria

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    Thanks Gloria. My doctor is arranging an MRI now so hopefully I will know soon enough.
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      Just had a thought...I had four children in five years...silly me...But anyway what I did find out is this....holding a wriggling infant on one hip as we usually do...does destructive things to our hips/spine/ and other bits...try to carry your infant in a "pouch" in front of you...rather than on one hip...Just remembering my own difficulty....Hope this helps. Get the MRI asap.....Hugs..Gloria

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    Thanks. My older my is soo heavy. He's big for his age and I know i prob shouldn't lift him but it's hard to say no when he's clinging to me. I do try to sit on the floor with when a lot instead.

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    Oh dear...that will make your back so much worse. Have a go at this. Buy him and pair of white canvass shoes ( cheap ones )...slip on type are good for this and have a painting day..together...suggest cover everything with plastic or newspaper before you start. Tell him these are his special shoes only for him.....and he must walk around in them all the time and he is not allowed to be carried. If he insists on being carried also....tell him he must give away his amazing shoes...That should fix the problem...Think you need inner strength to do this....but do try. Just a thought...hugs..Gloria
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