What signs or symptoms may make you suspect you may have Ankylosing Spondylitis. People who have experience in Ankylosing Spondylitis offer advice of what things may make you suspicious and which doctor you should go to to receive treatment
A rheumatologist is needed to diagnose the disease as well as evidence on images. Symptoms include pain in the early hours of the morning and pain and stiffness the eases with movement first thing in the morning. Pain reappearing when resting. Pain easing with movements
As said earlier only a team of professional with investigation can give a diagnose.
First maybe it is important to go to see your family doctor, he has all your records and knows you pretty well. He will then acknwoklege and refer you possibly to a specialist like a rhumatologist.
But by talking about the 5 questions:
did the pain last more than 3 months?
did it started before 45 years old?
did the pain get better or worse with exercice?
did the pain wakes up during the night?
did the pain came gradually over time?
It can help the doctor to understand if the pain is related to a possible inflammatory disease.
You may have symptoms, but your doctor will tell you based on radiographs and blood tests. See a general practioner first and ask for a referral to a rhuematologist. Even if tests are negative, you can still have the disease or a similiar one.
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