I am an identical twin, so naturally my sister has been following my medical progression with great interest. So far, I have developed scleroderma with secondary Sjogren's and spondylitis. She also has symptoms of Sjogren's and antibodies for both RA and Lupus, but no significant symptoms of either and no spondylitis (so far).
I did find it amusing that the 'toddlers' in the article were quoted as saying "We are delighted to know that an explanation has been found for our illness and more so because we are sure it will help other children." Clearly the arthritis hasn't slowed down their cognition. LOL!
Female, early 50's, HLA B27+, family history of SpA
Diagnoses: USpA (9/17), limited Scleroderma/Raynaud's phenomenon/Sjogren's syndrome (1/16), stroke (8/15), Factor V Leiden (8/15)
AS symptoms: right heel enthesitis/tendonitis; elbow tendonitis; mild low back/buttocks and hip pain/stiffness; normal MRI
Treatment: Xarelto; vitamins D3, B12, folate Primary non-responder to Enbrel and Cosentyx