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What causes joint stiffness and weakness in ankles?

I am 27 years old I have been overweight my whole life. I had x-rays done on my spine in 2008 of the lower spine and they found degenerative arthritis. For years I have been dealing with severe pain in my mid to upper back and obvious curvature. Here recently my left hand and fingers are tingly and numb but not all the way. I also have joint stiffness and weakness in my ankles. I was sent to have an MRI but have not saved up the funds to do that yet. I suspect Ankylosing spondylitis but no other Dr. takes my condition seriously...I would like to know if this is something that I should be more worried about or if it can wait?
Wed, 23 Mar 2016
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for ankylosing spondylitis you can check up with the blood test which a specialist can let you know. taking to your pain, ofcourse there might be degenerative changes. but what u need to understand here is, you need to improve your muscle strength and proper diet. being obese is not a question but the question here is being healthy and being fit. so focus on to the regular exercise program under the supervision of a specialist which ll help u plan a good protocol and make u have good strength. exercise is the medicine as it removes all of the acidic forms out of the body and as you will be in touch with a specialist some medical prescription will surely help.u come out of this painful situation. slow and steady wins the race.. keep this in mind. keep a trust and hope. doctors are out there sitting to help you, u just need to meet them.
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