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I have asimetric sacroilitis (grade 2, I checked it on the internet, it maybe grade 3) according to MR report
I go to the physical and rehabilitation medicine (PRM) department.

At first, they said clinic data does not support the MR report for a rheumatic disease. And they checked brucella and PPD. Brucella was negative and PPD was 12 mm. (A month before the first ache I had a room-mate with active tuberculosis.) PRM doctors suggested me to use Sulfasalasin with Endol. My hipache is not continuous but it has attacks that take 2 weeks more or less. Sulfasalasin and Endol didn't make any change about my complaints.

Nowadays, I feel prickle on my head and arms. If I sit on my legs, I lose the feeling at my ankle and feet for a while (Not always, but sometimes.) And my hipache repeats. There is no stiffness.

MS is somewhat related with my complaints. What do you think?
My english is not so good, because I am from Iraq, sorry for that.


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replied September 24th, 2008
Multiple Sclerosis Answer A4741
Diagnosis that has been suggested: ankylosing spondilitis
Current medical status: PPD:14 mm brucella (-) CRP-normal ASO-168 RF-normal sedimentation-2 mm
Current medical treatment: The doctors are planning to start Enbrel.

Multiple sclerosis can be manifested with various neurological symptoms (including numbness, prickle, and pain) depending upon the location of the demyelinisating plaques in the brain and spinal cord. To diagnose MS you need to perform a neurological examination, brain MRI, spinal tab and evoked potentials test.


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