Hi SimplySouthern,

You know its sad that so called 'experts' were able to wipe you so completely - sad because they were showing their own ignorance - perhaps they could be excused back in the 80's because then AS only applied to the worst of the worst - young men with bamboo spines.
The broader grouping of spondlyoarthropathies now encompasses lesser conditions like reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy (which sounds like you) - but each still overwhelming and difficult to deal with in their own right - as you and I both know - made all the worse by even close family and friend suspecting us as being borderline hypochondriacs - which probably I am!

Also sad that unless you have Grade 2 changes to the SI joints on plain X-ray one doesn't qualify for financial support for the biologics. The reality is that the mechanism of SI attack is the same as that of the hands, feet, ankles, ribs, knees, wrists, manubrio-sternal joint, etc - each is preceded by an inflammatory enthesitis.

Dx Oct 2006 B27+ undifferentiated spondlyarthropathy (uSpA) with mild sebhorrhoeic dermatitis and mild Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) controlled by NSD since 2007.