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My diagnosis story

My current diagnosis is Seronegative Spondyloarthritis. This diagnosis is not exact as it describes a family of related conditions including:
Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) – peripheral arthritis with or without axial arthritis usually with skin or nail psoriasis (or a family history of skin or nail psoriasis in first degree relatives)Ankylosing Spondylitis/Axial Spondyloarthritis (AS) – predominantly axial arthritis characterised by inflammatory back pain though people with AS may also commonly have arthritis in shoulders and hips – can also have arthritis in other peripheral joints but not as common as shoulder and hipsReiters syndrome/reactive arthritis (ReA) – arthritis which occurs after certain infections in certain individualsUndifferentiated Spondyloarthritis (USpA) – arthritis which is seronegative but does not yet fit the criteria of the first 3 conditions
So what does seronegative actually mean? Well in this case it generally means…

What happens at biologics clinic for Ankylosing Spondylitis - a patient's perspective

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Yesterday I finished my last day of University and I am officially a graduand until my graduation in July, and what better way to celebrate than learning how to inject a biological medication for the first time... Obviously I am joking but I do feel like this might be the turning point in my arthritis, which a welcomed change!

I said in my last post that I wanted to write a post about what happens at a biologics clinic for arthritis because I honestly couldn't find much information from the point of view of a patient and being slightly OCD, I quite like knowing what might happen. But please note this is my experience, and the process at your hospital may be different.

First things first, I was referred to my hospitals biologics clinic because my arthritis was not controlled on methotrexate alone and the other DMARD (hydroxychloroquine) I had tried had given me a lot of heartburn so I'd stopped it. This means that from a peripheral joint perspective, my arthritis was active enoug…

Hello and welcome!!

Hi all and welcome to Young Arthur!

I thought I might introduce myself to start with. I am 20 years old, I am about to graduate from University, I am in desperate need of a job, and I have arthritis or Arthur as I like to term it. 

I am one of approximately 27,000 people under the age of 25 living with arthritis in the UK. However, we have not been able to identify the exact type of arthritis I have. My hospital appointments are filled with terms such as "intriguing", "unusual" and "mystery" because I am not your typical individual with arthritis, in fact the way my arthritis is presenting is quite atypical; a badge I wear with pride. I am not going to go into all of the nitty gritty things about why the type of arthritis I have is not clear-cut just yet, that needs it's own post. 

This post is a wee introduction to me and this blog. Young Arthur is a place where I am going to share information about my diagnosis, about how I advocate for myself in a tim…