I have RA and it is thought that I have inflammation in my sacroiliac joints and maybe some wear and tear of the facet joints due to limping for the best part of 5 years! A few weeks ago, I was in a real pain crisis, so went to my GP who was concerned and referred me for an MRI scan of my spine.
I've since spoken to my rheum team who think there is no point in having the scan. They said that I am already on the right track treatment wise (only on week 7 of Humira) and that SI joints don't tend to erode away like other joints. They also said that lower back problems are common and again, apart from physio and pain relief, there is nothing to gain from seeing what a scan says. At 26 years old, I disagree that I should be having such severe and disabling back pain but I do see their point about the scan probably not showing us anything that we don't always know/suspect.
I feel really confused and not sure where to go from here.