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Hi All, I tested positive for HLA-B27 after an MRI showed inflammation in my SI joints. I'm 48 and have had recurring back pain for about 15 years. I've usually been able to improve my symptoms with yoga, ibuprofen and the occasional muscle relaxer. For the last 7-8 months the pain areas are mid back, hips, buttocks and legs. Ive had numbness and tingling in both feet off and on. My insurance company denied MRIs twice, even after 8-weeks of PT wasn't helpful. Finally had the MRI last month and that led to blood tests. So now I'm waiting for my appt with the rheumatologist. My eyes are affected - I had no idea the redness and irritation Ive had recently could be tied to my back and hip pain. Clearly my doctor didn't either because he's had me using drops for dry eyes. I see a GI for stomach issues too. All of these seemingly unconnected symptoms and no one put the pieces together until I finally got the MRI. My fear is I lost years of treatment time and treating this will be harder now. Any advice before my first appt? I'm finding it difficult to do the yoga that has been helpful before. Walking can be helpful on a good day, but sometimes makes the pain worse. The worst part for me is my 1.5 hour commute. Car time is not helpful, but a lot of walking to and from the train - especially in cold weather - has been hard too. Sorry...venting!
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