I've been suffering lower back pain for many years but have finally got something done about it. When I was a teenager I also had problems with shoulder pain but that seemed to ease off so my main concern has been to get my back looked at. I've had many bouts of 'sciatica', that I now doubt was actually sciatica. About 18mths ago my GP ordered blood tests that came back with high ESR & CRP rates. Since then I've had about 6 tests that have all came back with the same result. I saw a physio who diagnosed SI joint dysfunction. I then had 2 seperate sets of x-rays, the latest focused on the SI joint as the 1st showed inflammation. I saw the Dr again today to get the results of the latest x-ray. He said I have inflammatory arthritis and has prescribed Naproxen and Omeprazole. He told me to go back in 2 weeks to see how I'm getting on with these tablets but he hasn't mentioned seeing a Rheumatologist or carrying out further tests. He said he couldn't be sure what type of arthritis it was but mentioned a few that he wasn't 'ruling out', one of these was AS and the other Reiters (I'd kinda blurred over at this point so didn't take note of the other's!) :roll:
Has anyone else been in a similar situation?
Any insight would be appreciated