Hi all, I am currently working with my Rheumatologist to determine what kind of arthritis I have. She said I 100% have spondyloarthritis, but we need to find out what kind so we can treat it best. We have done a lot of blood tests and I think she has all but ruled out RA. When I last seen her I told her my family has suffered from psoriasis and she said she is sure I have psoriatic arthritis, but when I went home I remembered it was eczema and messaged her and she said we will keep looking. If anyone could share their views on this it would be greatly appreciated.
- Pain started around 3 years ago. At this time I was stressed with university and was repressing rage. I also was very inactive and never exercised. I remember waking up and had a shooting pain in my left buttock that hurt whenever I moved/twisted/turned.
- I had a car accident where a car going approximately 60kph crashed into the back of me. I was flung from my seat and remember thinking my back must have took some damage. I had no pain then or for a period after that. However, maybe the pain started a few weeks after this accident. I am not sure if this is related due to having no pain for a period of time after the accident. I am not sure on the dates exactly as it is all a long time ago. It is only looking back I think “Oh that could be a factor”.
- I had psoriasis when I was 7 years old around my groin area which cleared with the use of cream. It was never an issue really. My family suffer from another skin condition (eczema) but don’t think that’s related to psoriasis.
- I have always had bad posture.
- I am 180cm and I’m currently 57kg. My muscle mass is very low.
- I always sit with my legs crossed, or at least rest my ankle on one of my legs in a figure 4 position.
- The pain lasted only in my left buttock for around 2.5 years but has now almost completely subsided, and the pain is now in my right buttock.
- I had an MRI which showed a perfect spine with absolutely no abnormalities.
- I had hip and SI joint MRI which showed inflammation and joint space narrowing in both of my SI joints. Diagnosed with Sacroiliitis.
- “Morning stiffness” subsides almost immediately as soon as I get up and walk to bathroom. But pain stays all day.
- I can walk but can’t run. Walking eases the pain but only until a certain extent. When I walk too much it makes the pain worse.
- I am currently waiting for my HLA-B27 test results.
If you take the time to read this and look at my symptoms and give me your opinion it would be great.