What shows up on MRI in ankylosing spondylitis?

Let us see. Magnetic resonance imaging (mri). Using radio waves and a strong magnetic field, MRI scans are better at visualizing soft tissues such as cartilage.
Strangely enough. Patients with ankylosing spondylitis have a very normal appearing MRI if they don't have a fracture. Ankylosing spondylitis causes all the ligaments anterior and posterior to calcify so it is easy to see on xray but on MRI since these structures are dark and hard to see it will be hard to see that they are thickened.

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For years I have been in chronic pain, mostly lumbar spinal problems which show on mri. Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. What is best recommended?

See a rhumatologist. If you have a presumptive diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, you need to see a specialist who will run blood tests and other to confirm the diagnosis, advise you as to the best treatment, and counsel you on lifestyle measures to spare your joints and function the best way possible. Read more...

How do docs tell the difference between regular degenerative changes in facet joints and ankylosing spondylitis or autoimmune on imagine (mri, xrays etc?

See below. Each have distinct finding by x-rays. A MRI is even better. With contrast on a mri, you can detect whether ankylosing spondylitis is active or not and it can detect early changes unlike a x-ray which may not have changes early on x-ray. A MRI with contrast can also distinguish whether or not anylosing spondylitis is present in the setting of osteoarthritis of the spine. Read more...

X-rays&CAT show severe DJD t4 thru S1 incl. Severe pain, worst from extensive muscle spasms upon activity of any kind. What helps spasms? At wits end. Stuck indoors in agony-Can't walk. Could it be RA? Or ankylosing spondylitis? Please help me!

Ankylosing Spondylit. I suggest a rheumatology consult to exclude RA and Ankylosing Spondylitis as you appear to have fairly extensive spine degenerative disease at 48 years of age. In the mean time you can try Stilpane and Arcoxia and Norflex Co to relieve the pain and muscle spasm. Read more...
MRI . Ct scan shows bone real well, but still does not show nerves or soft tissue structures. An MRI could potentially be helpful in identifying the specific cause of your severe pain. It would particularly be important in your case where you are "in agony and can't walk" to make the specific diagnosis and take the steps to relieve your pain and get you more functional. Read more...
Ask for pain reliefs. Need to see your doctor Physiotherapy referral can do wonders- several modalities are available
Why did the doc who did X-rays did not treat you?
Have they not given you any meds?
Do not be stuck indoors.Ask for help. Read more...