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Does A Sed Rate Test Overrule A Clinical Diagnosis?

Does A Sed Rate Test Overrule A Clinical Diagnosis?

I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis over 30 years ago by a rheumatologist. A few years after that a neurologist treating my seizures said my sed rate was within normal limits, so the AS diagnosis must have been wrong. So I've operated all these years as if I did not have a diagnosis.

Now I've had a bilateral lumbar laminectomy without fusion and a 3 level anterior cervical fusion with instrumentation for bony central and foraminal stenosis. Both surgeries removed excessive bone but… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Yes DeeJoy. I had blood work for years, and never had imagine. I got sick in 1996, I hurt my back, never got checked for anything, then I got disability in 1998, in a chair in, 2000, still no blood… read more

posted 14 days ago

Does It Get Any Better?

Does It Get Any Better?

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Some days it does and others, not so good. I think the important thing is not to push your body. I find when I’m kinder to myself and follow my bodies limits the inflammation isn’t as bad. Sometimes… read more

posted 22 days ago

Arthritis Vs. Ankylosing Spondylitis

Arthritis Vs. Ankylosing Spondylitis

My friend had been diagnosed with severe arthritis in his lower back. He goes to a pain clinic where he receives two strong prescriptions (Norco & Tramadol) for the pain but they only give him little. I feel like he needs something for inflammation but he can’t take NSAIDS because they make him bleed terribly. How does his doctor know it’s not AS instead of arthritis? If it is AS, has anyone tried acupuncture? If so, has it helped. He is very depressed and I’m worried about his mental… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

My wife uses cbd and it helps with her pain and flairs of RA. it gives me minor head fog so I don't care for it. But I know many who find it helps them. its necessary to find a good blend and dose… read more

posted 21 days ago

Headaches

Headaches

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Excedrin migraine works pretty good for mine.

posted 24 days ago

Shots

Shots

Also they keep wanting to inject with shots they dont help I have had shot 10 to 15
times they dont help hurt more. The only time the shot helper was when I had a pinched nerve in my upper back neck area. I'm 71 yrs.

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I’ve also had over ten injections that did nothing. Yet whenever I have increased pain, that’s the first thing they want to try. It’s frustrating.

posted 12 days ago

Pain Relief

Pain Relief

What else can help with pain
And what type of mattress would help everything I have tried just puts so much pressure on the places that hurt. I dont sleep well at night Im costantly tossingfrom side to side because my hips hurt and wake me up.

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

My son found it on Warfare. They deliver it boxed you just have to get someone to put it on your bed. Keep your box spring, it will need that support. It wasn't very expensive. I didn't ask how much.

posted 23 days ago

Spondylosis:

Spondylosis:

Is Spondylosis actually the same?, spondylosis is what I've been diagnosed, some people are not taking it as seriously

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Exactly.

posted 23 days ago

Has Anyone Had Surgery To Try And Remove The Ankylosising, And If So What Were The Results?

Has Anyone Had Surgery To Try And Remove The Ankylosising, And If So What Were The Results?

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Thank you for your answer, met with a orthopedic surgeon last week, he advised me against this surgery for exactly the reasons you mentioned, especially the spinal instability..

posted 20 days ago
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