Greetings, I am a sixty year old man. I was diagnosed with severe onslaught ankylosing spondylitis in 1989. In 1997, over the course of just three months, I experienced enormous difficulty when trying to move my head and neck side to side and up and down. At the end of three months I was completely unable to move my head at all, not a single millimeter, and that isn’t an exaggeration in the least. I didn’t experience too much pain during or after, but there was, and has continued to be, some discomfort.
It was explained to me a few years prior to this happening that something like this would occur, but it would happen when I turned around sixty, which is the age I am now. In addition, the doctor told me the result would take years, but instead this happened to me over the space of three short months.
THis has led me to often wonder if what has happened to me is not at all associated with my ankylosing spondylitis, but is the result of something else, such as a tumor perhaps or a fracture of some kind.
I am hoping you can offer a comment or a hypothesis of what might have happened to me.
Unfortunately, your problems sound to be typical ankylosing spondylitis or AS. AS can move very slowly or quite quickly to fuse the entire spine. As with many inflammatory disorders, the fusion comes in fits and bursts. It seems to my experience that there are quiescent times where the inflammation is low and times when the disease “speeds up”.
I assume you have had an X-ray or even a CT scan to determine what your bony status is.