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#278197 - 06/14/17 05:15 AM balance problems?  
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Dear All,

Anyone else have balance problems?

Is it possible I have spinal stenosis?

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000441.htm
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Symptoms are more likely to be present or get worse when you stand or walk. They often lessen or disappear when you sit down or lean forward. Most people with spinal stenosis cannot walk for a long period
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I have above symptoms. Leaning forward lessens the pain in my spine.


Male, early 30s. AS diagnosed Sep 2015. HLAB27+
Current medicines: Omeprazole, Vit D3, Celecoxib(1 tab)/Zorvolex(2 tabs)(alternatimg between these two every week), Pyridoxine, Isoniazid, MTX(3 tab) every wednesday, on humira every two weeks since Dec 2015, Weekly Humira since June 18th 2016
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#278200 - 06/14/17 06:18 AM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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Male, early 30s. AS diagnosed Sep 2015. HLAB27+
Current medicines: Omeprazole, Vit D3, Celecoxib(1 tab)/Zorvolex(2 tabs)(alternatimg between these two every week), Pyridoxine, Isoniazid, MTX(3 tab) every wednesday, on humira every two weeks since Dec 2015, Weekly Humira since June 18th 2016
On cosentyx 300mg a month since Dec '16
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Male, early 30s. AS diagnosed Sep 2015. HLAB27+
Current medicines: Omeprazole, Vit D3, Celecoxib(1 tab)/Zorvolex(2 tabs)(alternatimg between these two every week), Pyridoxine, Isoniazid, MTX(3 tab) every wednesday, on humira every two weeks since Dec 2015, Weekly Humira since June 18th 2016
On cosentyx 300mg a month since Dec '16
#278202 - 06/14/17 06:21 AM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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Male, early 30s. AS diagnosed Sep 2015. HLAB27+
Current medicines: Omeprazole, Vit D3, Celecoxib(1 tab)/Zorvolex(2 tabs)(alternatimg between these two every week), Pyridoxine, Isoniazid, MTX(3 tab) every wednesday, on humira every two weeks since Dec 2015, Weekly Humira since June 18th 2016
On cosentyx 300mg a month since Dec '16
#278211 - 06/14/17 05:09 PM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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You need to make note of what kind of balance problem you have. My ankles are both pretty damaged and so I don't lift them off the ground properly and thus have balance issues from that.


Actema IV once a month (with pre loading for allergic reaction), Cymbalta x1 daily, Arava 20mg daily. Diagnosed with AS in 2004, suffered undiagnosed since 1982.
#278216 - 06/14/17 07:23 PM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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I believe an MRI would show if you have stenosis (if they were looking for it at least), and I think I remember you having one recently? I can't speak to whether it could cause the symptoms you are describing, but maybe it would be worth checking if the report mentions that?

Sorry I can't be of more help!


Mid-20's. Undiagnosed upper and low back/SI pain (along with hips & ribs consistently, and neck, knees, heel/bottom of foot, ankles/achilles, and wrists periodically). Diclofenac 75mg 2x/day and Prilosec 40mg 1x/day. PCOS recently diagnosed.
#278229 - 06/15/17 05:53 AM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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Thanks @Banana and @Nicole.
@Nicole, yes I did. However, most likely the reports were incorrect. And it was also an upright MRI, which my doctor says are not good images. -My new doctor, says 50% of times the readings from external radiologists are wrong. More importantly most of the doctors I have seen agree that I have severe kyphosis(whether that is a cause of pain or not, is a secondary question, which I will try to find out)
Well , I learnt something new today. I went for a physcial therapy and the lady, took picture of my back spine-without shirt, while I bent forward. And my spine is very significantly curved. And according to her, my pain is because the apex of my kyphosis is getting undue pressure. I never have pain when I lay on my sides or on my stomach. Is this usual for Ankylosing Spondylitis? I thought rest or position should not affect pain in case of AS?

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Male, early 30s. AS diagnosed Sep 2015. HLAB27+
Current medicines: Omeprazole, Vit D3, Celecoxib(1 tab)/Zorvolex(2 tabs)(alternatimg between these two every week), Pyridoxine, Isoniazid, MTX(3 tab) every wednesday, on humira every two weeks since Dec 2015, Weekly Humira since June 18th 2016
On cosentyx 300mg a month since Dec '16
#278231 - 06/15/17 01:49 PM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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Kyphosis can cause pain no matter what the root cause. The reason is that it puts your body in an unnatural position, which causes unnatural gravitational and other forces to affect your body.

Think about a normal body with good posture. The spine perfectly supports your body, all the way to your head balanced at the top. When you are bent forward with kyphosis, your spine is no longer supporting your head and upper body, so the weight of your head and upper body puts additional stress on your vertebrae, and your back muscles struggle to support a load they were not intended to carry.

That's why it feels better to lie down. When you lie down your spine and back muscles get relief from the load they are struggling to carry.

My husband has severe kyphosis caused by osteoarthritis and degenerative disks. He deals with pain every day. It's not fun.


Ginny - 57 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacement June 2014
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#278252 - 06/16/17 02:58 PM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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Thanks Ginny! Yes I think surgery is what will treat me. I do not think it is AS. As all medicines for AS including prednisone have failed. Only lying on my side or stomach helps me.


Male, early 30s. AS diagnosed Sep 2015. HLAB27+
Current medicines: Omeprazole, Vit D3, Celecoxib(1 tab)/Zorvolex(2 tabs)(alternatimg between these two every week), Pyridoxine, Isoniazid, MTX(3 tab) every wednesday, on humira every two weeks since Dec 2015, Weekly Humira since June 18th 2016
On cosentyx 300mg a month since Dec '16
#278279 - 06/19/17 07:53 PM Re: balance problems? [Re: Shippingnews]  
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I developed balance problems when I started with inflamed SI joints.They normally move to keep you upright and balanced. When the SI joints were inflamed I had to work on core exercises to help make up for what the SI joints weren't doing to he;k support my body. My balance still isn,t what it used to be.


Diagnosed with AS November 2013,HLAb27-neg. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalga and CREST syndrome. Degenerative disease of the cervical spine.
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