I am new here and am having posterior interbody fusion (L5-S1)done a little over a week from now. I have found the sticky page with advice on how to prepare and can see I have my work cut out for me. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for years and also have degenerative disc disease, severe facet joint arthropathies, lumbarization of S1 and spondylolisthesis (2 MRI'S say in different places so not sure what to believe). All of these combined have led to severe spinal stenosis. I had facet join injections in March and a week later herniated so I have nerve damage to my left foot and have lost the use of gastrocnemius muscle (left calf). I am anemic which is not great when facing surgery and my creatinine levels are also out of whack now which might indicate some kidney problems from long-term anti-inflammatory use. I haven't discussed that with my GP yet but got the results today and though I have been taking iron for two months the hemoglobin has not risen at all. I had eye surgery earlier this year which didn't go very well and all of that is being put on hold due to my back. I'd love moral support and advice. especially from anyone else who has had to deal with RA and a bad back.
Thanks in advance!