Re: Calcification at age 35
Do you have disc ossification or ligament ossification? Is the calcification on the vertabrae (osteophytes)? Have you had any imaging studies other than the aforementioned X-rays? Has the doctor ruled out a disc herniation?
I looked up ankylosing spondylitis on the National Institute of Health's website. Among other things, it states that the associated pain is worst when you are inactive, like first thing in the morning. This pattern seems inconsistent with your pain, which you have reported worsens with activity.
Medical practitioners sometimes throw around scary diagnostic words before making an official diagnosis, without thinking of the impact on the patient. Next time you see the chiropractor, ask him what led him to the conclusion that you might have ankylosing spondylitis. Look up the symptoms and let him know what you have that is consistent with that diagnosis and what is inconsistent.
I would ask -- non-medical query -- whether the ossification has been caused by inflammation and whether that inflammation is indicative of an underlying problem, like a disc herniation or damage to the sheath surrounding the nerves.