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[color=indigo:91ab12e47e][i][color=indigo] Hi, I was diagnosed with AS just 3 days ago. I'm 32 yrs now but started becoming unwell in my teens. When I was a teenager, I suffered chest pain; recurrent severe diarrheoa and abdominal pain; tight chest and inflammation in my hand. Doctors didn't indicate any problems and I carried on as normal. I was ill every week with my stomach troubles.
As years went on, I suffered severe aches and pains in back, hips, neck, shoulders and head. My hips were very bad at one point and I suffered migraines regularly. My exhaustion had become very difficult recently, making life at work a struggle, because I felt as though I could easily just lay down in the office and sleep there and then, as I was that tired.
About 4 months ago I just couldn't take it anymore, having suffered various problems for almost 20 years, so I pleaded with the GP to refer me to a specialist. I saw a rheumatologist who did blood tests and x-rays. 3 days ago he told me I had AS. My spine and chest showed definite signs and I tested positive for the HLA-B27 gene.
In some ways its a relief to know that there is an explanation for all the years of problems, but also quite distressing to know about it aswell. I am quite sad that I wasn't diagnosed in my teens, when I did go to a doctor and a hospital with my early symptons. It would have saved me a lot of pain and distress.
Anyway, now I can move forward at least. I have been given anti-inflammatory treatment and been referred for hydro-therapy. So maybe my pain will ease in the near future [/color:91ab12e47e]
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