• Do I have Ankylosing Spondylitis?

    I am a 28 year old female. I started to experience back and joint pains about 2 years ago, when I started weightlifting. The pain first occurred on my right shoulder, and then my mid/lower back. Since the pain wasn't that bad earlier, I was't really bothered with it. It soon turned into a very nagging form of pain, which resulted in me stopping the gym.

    Over the past few months, I have been doing jobs that involve some heavy lifting. The pain shows back again in the same spots, and has steadily worsened till now. This time, my neck too started to hurt, as well as my wrists. My shoulders make a cracking noise when rotated, or while lifting heavy.

    MRI showed osteoarthritis on my right shoulder. My back MRI was clear. My pain ranges from "barely noticeable", to "I wanna kill myself", with the latter being more common nowadays. My neck is the part that experiences the most pain now.

    Do I have Ankylosing Spondylitis? Is there something I can do to help ease my pain, or totally remove it?

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