Hi, I’m new here 😀. I’m wondering if anyone can relate to the symptoms I’m experiencing?
For around 2 years, I’ve experienced pain intermittently in my lower back; it would come and go until around one year ago I had a severe flare up. It was excruciating and I couldn’t really move. It soon settled down and reverted to smaller , less painful flares.
Early this year, the pain returned badly and it really affected my mobility. I struggled with walking, sleeping and I was very stiff in my lower back; this lasted for around 8 weeks with varying severity before disappearing. It then flared up again around 3 weeks later but less intense.
The pain feels like it’s in the sacral region on my left side. In addition to this, I have pain in my toe joint, ankle joint, wrist, tender heels, Achilles’ tendon and one of my knees (in the ligament next to the joint). I also suffer with fatigue.
Pain is worse at night, especially when lying on the affected side. I’m quite stiff on waking but it eases as the morning goes on. It worsens again with too much walking or sitting.
However, I do not have fever or eye problems.
I don’t want to look silly asking for a referral to a rheumatologist. I’m already diagnosed with ME/CFS.
Does this sound anything like AS?