I am from Vancouver BC Canada and here’s my story;
I was 21 when the pain started. I thought I had hurt myself at work, once weeks went by I started to think i was waking up in pain because of my bed.
The pain gradually got worse and worse – doctors told me I had muscle strain and i needed to lose 30 pounds.
I continued to live in pain until I married my wife. She was on a mission to finding out what was happening to me – because by this time I was sleeping in a sitting position in a chair.
She searched the internet my symptoms and found this diagnoses. I took it to my doctor and he sent me for my HLA-B27 test and some xrays. I tested positive for the gene and nothing appeared abnormal on the xrays.
Doctor suggested a Rheumatoid specialist. First one said I had nothing wrong, needed to lose weight. After this it got worse, it moved to my hips.
Here I am, a 24 year old; Three years into pain and now I need to use a cain. Yet, the xrays are inconclusive.
At this point the Pain is so bad, I now have days when I cant move, I’m dying of excruciating pain in my back and hips, spouts where I’m crippled on the floor.
Finally in late 2012, after a spout of crippling pain; my Wife found another Rheumatoid specialist on a RateMD website he was noted for actually investigating and caring about the patient. So, I asked for a referral from my family doctor and I got an appointment.
He requested a MRI, I slipped into an appointment cancellation by chance very quickly and finally It was this test that reviled the truth. I had holes of degeneration in my right hip joint badly and some in my left and lumbar area.
I was finally diagnosed with Bilateral Ankylosing Spondylitis. Officially.
I tried all of the pill anti inflammatories and nothing helped. I accepted their offer of Biological.
I am amazed at how long I took the pain, living for years not knowing what was happening. I can finally say No Pain.