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Hi. I've been getting lower back and hip pain on and off for a couple of years now. For the last few months it's been getting worse and waking me up in the very early morning, I can't turn over and am very stiff. As soon as I get up, it eases off and I maybe get a little pain during the day if sitting for a while.
There's a tender spot in my right SI region, my lower back and hip often crack and pop when I get up from sitting. I've had quite bad achilles tendon pain recently. I often get pain in the buttocks on the same side, right knee, and sometimes the pain goes down the back of my thigh on the same side. Hip x-ray was normal.
I have had pain and swelling in a few fingers, pain in my feet and ankles, heel pain, and also get a stiff and crunchy/popping neck sometimes. I am being treated for inflammatory arthritis, but don't have a definite diagnosis. All my blood tests are normal. I've been taking sulfasalazine for a few months and the finger/hand pain has improved but this does not seem to help my back, hip, or achilles pain.
I'm having an MRI of my pelvis soon. I don't tend to have pain once I'm up and moving around, and sometimes have good days when the pain goes away completely. So, if the morning pain is caused by sacroliliitis/AS, will the MRI show anything if I'm having a good day? And how likely is it to pick something up if it's in its early stages?
I'm a woman in my late 30s.
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