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have backpain. probably sacroilitis from the location of the pain. need to test for ankylosing spondylitis? hla gene?

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Rheumatology 37 years experience
Maybe: Back pain is a very common symptom. It does not always mean a spinal disease and can be as simple as overuse. It does not always require testing to determine the cause. Pain from a. S. Is typically worse at rest and improves with activity. See your doctor for a definite answer.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Not necessarily, but: It never hurts to do a simple blood test for the hla-b27 gene. If it is present, spondylitis becomes likely. A negative test virtually eliminates it. In questionable causes an MRI of the sacroiliacs can be very helpful.

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Last updated Mar 9, 2018

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