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Hi I have low back pain for many years which I put down to being a nurse. 5yr ago I developed pain over the upper back, and was prescribed Naproxen for pleurisy. These didnt agree with me and when i seen a different GP he suggested polymyalgia. Over the coming weeks I developed neck, shoulder and hip pain. After 14 months of physio and tests I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia and have been on steroids since. Recently I mentioned to my Rheumatologist I was waking in the 2nd half of the night with either severe low back pain or pain in the ribcage when attempting to turn. These pains always occur when tapering my steroid dose. She suggested i have a spondylarthropathy with an overlap of my PMR. I had an xray of the sacro-iliac joint which confirms sacroilitis. I am due to see a world reknowned Dr who specialises in seronegative spondyloarthropathy. I have no family history of AS or chrohns or psoriasis or iritis. I did have my HLAB27 checked but dont know the result. Over the 5yrs since this journey started I have become increasingly stiff. I am due to go to Leeds next week for MRI of spine and Pelvis. I do have constant pain in the buttocks and outer thighs, and my bottom, thoracic spine and rib cage are very tender. Looking at the dignostic criteria, it appears i fit the criteria with the low back pain and possitive xray. Would value your views. Many Thanks
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