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Hello, I'm Jackie from the UK. Yesterday I went to the back pain clinic, talked to the nice lady, and was referred for an MRI scan. She was a little vague about the reason for this, just talked about 'inflammation' and that I should take ibuprofen as often as my stomach will tolerate while I wait for the results (normally my GP tells me I'm not allowed to take it as I have chronic gastritis). However I can read upside down and she had written on the form ?AS. Going home to google it I found that I had exactly the right symptoms except that I am "too old" - I'm 51. I have had back problems on and off for at least twenty years but most of those were in my upper spine and when I had a bout physio would sort it out; the constant lower back pain started a couple of years ago, which wasn't helped by physio or pilates. I have tendonitis in both hips, both elbows and both shoulders as well and that's been going on for a lot longer - ten years at least.
So: how unusual is it not to be diagnosed until you are in your 50s? And any idea how long am I likely to have to wait for an MRI scan? I was too startled to ask!
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