I have talked to many people with AS and have it myself. It seems the first symptoms vary from person to person. They also vary by gender. Back pain, hip pain, pain deep in the buttocks, neck, shoulder or rib pain can also be symptoms. Have you had any lab work done? If so, do you know if you are HLA-B27 positive? While you can be negative and still have AS, testing positive for it is a key indicator combined with symptoms, x-ray and MRI results.
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