Could I have spondylitis?

Are you living with back pain?

Do you have:

  • Back pain caused by inflammatory arthritis?
  • Gradual onset of pain?
  • Persistent pain in the lower back, buttocks and/or hips longer than 3 months?
  • Pain/stiffness in the back and /or hips worse with immobility, especially night and early morning?
  • Back pain and stiffness tend to ease with physical activity and exercise?
  • Tiredness and fatigue?
  • Inflammation of the eyes (ie. iritis or uveitis)?

Take the SIMPLE Back questionnaire to see if you might have Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) [also known as ankylosing spondylitis (AS)]. Spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis of the spine. If you are between 15 and 45 years old and have had continuous back pain for at least 3 months, you may have spondyloarthritis. If affects women and men equally.

Unfortunately, about half of the people with AxSpA wait five or more years for a diagnosis. Completing the questionnaire and having a discussion with your family physician may help to expedite the diagnosis and prevent irreversible damage caused by this progressive, painful, inflammatory disease.

There is a strong association of a patient testing positive for HLA B27 which is a marker of AxSpA. Ask your doctor to run this test.

However, we caution that many people who are diagnosed with AxSpA test negative for HLA B27.

If the questionnaire results suggest you may have inflammatory back pain, we encourage you to request a referral to a rheumatologist. Early diagnosis and treatment regimen is paramount to managing your condition and improving outcomes.

Take the SIMPLE Back Questionnaire