Should I be concerned that my doctor who did my lumbar ablation doesn’t see the correlation between my spondylitis and a rheumatology referral? I’m pretty sure they go hand in hand, especially when it’s affecting other body areas.
Yes you need a rheumatologist to help manage your AS
I would get a second opinion.
So sorry you are having to wait, I know getting into a Specialist can seem to take forever sometimes. Just know that once your in it is easier to get appointments scheduled it is the first one that takes awhile. I am glad your able to get the assistance you need though in helping to treat and manage your AS and any other conditions you also have. As someone with multiple problems I truly understand your frustration. I personally am HLA-B27 Positive and have radiographic AS in multiple sites in my spine along with Ankylosing Hyperostosis
( Forestier) In my Thoracolumbar region as well as Polyneuropathy and Sacroilitis. I also had biopsies that confirmed I have Idiopathic Small Fiber Sensory Neuropathy which affects my feet, legs and hands. Then to top it all off I have Crohns. I am not sure how severe yours is or how it affects you but stay strong and know this is just the first step in helping to hopefully get some pain relief and slow down the progression. Sending you lots of hugs and keeping you in my thoughts.
I had to ask my primary for an ANA panel and she ran it. The results were positive, now I’m just waiting for her to call me to go over the results and send a referral to the specialist 😭. I hate this waiting game.
Yes, a Rheumatologist is the Specialty Doctor you would treat and manage your AS. They along with your Primary Care provider and if you have a pain Management Doctor typically all communicate and work together at times. Though the Rheumatologist would specifically treat your AS keep in mind depending on which other conditions you may have a team of multiple Specialists.