NS is happy with my progress in terms of recovery from the surgery. I told him about my official AS diagnosis, and he still had the nerve to say, "just because you are HLA B27+ and have evidence of sacroiliitis, it doesn't necessarily mean AS." Oh well, I have 2 other doctors and a NP, all of whom are in agreeance about my diagnosis based on tests, symptoms, and family history.
The terrible, unrelenting pain I had in my t-spine following the surgery has calmed down quite a bit. I went through PT and am currently on NSAIDs and Prednisone, all of which have helped, at least with that particular area. I still get a lot of discomfort in my SI joints and low back, as well as various joints throughout my body. I have swelling and pain in my hands and feet, but the Prednisone has helped quite a bit. I go back to the rheumy on the 21st to talk about other meds for the AS.
As far as the NS is concerned, I had a repeat MRI on 11/16. He said it doesn't appear changed, but it still shows several herniations at T5-11. None of them appear to be touching a nerve or compressing the spine, though, and my surgical site (T8-10) looks fine. He said given the pain I had afterwards and my recent diagnosis, he'd like to see me back in 6 months to see how I'm doing. As long as things are going well from a surgical standpoint, he will sign off and I'll just follow up as needed. Yay!
Other than that, been working a lot. I'm thankful to have found a desk job that I love that allows me to still function. It's nice to have that income coming in again and to feel productive.