• 5 months ago

    MS and Spondylitis

    I was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and am fortunate to have only had one flare since the early stages, even though I haven't taken MS meds since 2006. I am now in the process of trying to get a diagnosis for other symptoms which fit Ankylosing Spondylitis. TNF inhibitors are sometimes used for treatment, however, I've read that they shouldn't be used by MS patients. I'm wondering if anyone here also has Spondylitis and what medication they're taking. Methotrexate is another drug used, which I've read may also be beneficial for MS. NSAIDS have not been effective enough, so I'm thinking I may need something stronger. I'll be seeing a rheumatologist in a couple of weeks, and want to go in with as much knowledge as possible. The first rheumatologist I saw didn't give me any diagnosis because blood work wasn't conclusive, even though the labs show I have inflammation and I have several other symptoms. Another doctor suspects Spondylitis, which is how I learned about it. I appreciate any information or advice anyone here can provide.