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?I'm a 40 year old female and I've suffered from worsening back, hip, neck and buttock/sciatic pain for the last two years or more. This year I have developed morning stiffness every day lasting over an hour an a half, which gets better with moderate activity and worsens with rest. I have flare-ups every now and again, where everything hurts a lot more and these can last for weeks. In that time I've been seen by various specialists, all with no result, and have finally been referred to rheumatology after my RF has come back as elevated, although I believe my other results were normal. For info, my spine MRI states that my lumbar spine shows "endplate change with a hemispherical distribution anteriorly, as can be seen in spondyloarthropathy." However, all my symptoms are much more like AS than RA and I was wondering whether it is even possible to have AS but have RF?
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