I have been on one of these discussion pages re chronic pain/Fibromyalgia before but reading between the lines when having a discussion with the Dr at the pain clinic who hasn't come out and actually given me a diagnosis I think I might have ankylosing Spondylitis. I am female will be 66 in Nov (2019). I started with pain on May 10th 1985 so 29yrs old this was just hrs after giving birth to my 4th and final baby I have had pain issues ever since. I know for sure I have OA having already had joint replacement surgery to both thumbs,the 2nd and my dominant one didn't go so well. I have such bd pain when sitting for any length of time in my spine ,ribs and muscles around my torso also. My whole thoracic spine hurts even between my scapula if I put my shoulders back. My hips, my knees,my feet/toes are all affected but it's my spine I am worried about.I have to fly home to UK from Canada at Christmas and I just don't know how I am going to able to sit still for 10hrs. I have shots into the facet joints that work amazing for about 2 weeks but can only have those twice a yr. I am due to have Cervical spine MRI in Nov due to chronic pain and worse ROM.I think I need to ask for a thoracic one too but feel like a neurotic old woman and dare not ask. I also have had the nerves in my lower spine burnt which does help the pain down my legs but not so much the low back pain. so when I sit I am in constant pain from shoulder blades to hips and if I stand or walk for any lenght of time my lumbat area is affected,I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't. If I had an MRI or the blood test for inflammation and it showed I have AS could I get refered to a rhuematologist ?