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I'm Francis: a 58 year old bloke who would really appreciate some advice. Mentally, emotionally and certainly spiritually, I feel as young as ever. In fact, in those domains, I feel as though I'm defying the 58 mark and should be perhaps 28. But the back and lower neck ache which has become progressively worse over the last 8 or 9 months (if that's not a contradiction of terms) makes me feel perhaps 20 years older than my Birth Certificate would suggest. My GP has referred me to an NHS Rheumatologist who, in turn, has ruled out AS. (Besides, mine is an upper back / lower neck problem and AS seems to be something to do with the lower spine) Basically, I feel like (sorry to put it crudely). I can't walk up the slightest of inclines without feeling exhausted, I struggle bringing a loaded fork to my mouth (very embarrassing in company) and its as if my chin is being forced into my upper chest. I don't seem to have the strength to straighten up and there is noticeable upper body muscle deterioration. All this is, as you can imagine, very debilitating and causing me much depression. As the title implies, any advice much appreciated. Best regards, Francis
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