upper and middle back and hip joint pain; do I have ankylosing spondylitis?

by faizan
(pakistan)

Is your pain in the groin, or the sacroiliac joints?

Is your pain in the groin, or the sacroiliac joints?

uUper and middle back and hip joint pain; do I have ankylosing spondylitis?

Hi,
My anme is Faizan, age 30; I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, which has badly effect my left hip joint which is totally frozen and now I am facing the stiffness in my back; and while sleeping severe pain in the upper back. I am really in trouble; please help or guide me in this matter; thanks.

Hello Faizan,
Let's look at two scenarios:
1. You really do have AS. It attacks primarily the sacroiliac joints, not the hips. Where exactly is your pain?

Really there are two things you absolutely must do; become a health nut and turn to a strongly anti inflammatory diet, and exercise your pelvis daily. Chiropractic care would help, but I don't think there are mnay DCs in Pakistan.

2. AS is notoriously difficult to diagnose; there are many people with the hip and sacroiliac conditions that we all face who carry the HLA B27 gene but don't actually have ankylosing spondylitis.

Having the gene doesn't mean you have AS. This is the more promising scenario; again what's needed is plenty of exercise, massage and mobilising of the stiff and offending joints.

I have no idea which scenario is the correct one. In fact it's never a bad idea to become a health nut; eat healthy food, avoid sugar and white flour, colas etc, and enjoy plenty of fruit and vegetables. You're less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

So my best recommendation is to eat healthily, keep mobile and exercise your body regularly. It's a good thing to do anyway. And go for a regular deep body massage.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B


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