Back pain is exactly what it says on the tin ‘a pain in the back’, but there are a number of different types of ‘back pain’ conditions and a new one to add to the list can only be diagnosed with a blood test.

One specific type of back pain called ‘Axial Spondyloarthritis’ or asSpa is an inflammatory arthritis which affects the spine and sacroiliac joints, and can be diagnosed with a simple blood tests.

Some back pain sufferers ( me included) can go on for years trying different treatments for back pain but without success, but not only is this disease easy to diagnose it can also be easily treated with Anti-TNE drugs which can totally transform a patients life.

You can find out more details on this condition at the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society.