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Hello from a newbie!

Hi, I'm new here.

I live in the UK and have had Ankylosing Spondylitis since I was in my twenties. I have one daughter, now 26, and we live in the north east of England, UK. I've tried a couple of biologic drugs, Humira and Enbrel, but neither worked for me. My rheumatologist now has me in his 'unresponsive AS' clinc. He does have one more drug I can try, but we decided to wait until after my instrumented spinal fusion surgery to give it a go.

I go into hospital on Monday 23rd September for instrumented fusion surgery on my T11 & T12 vertebrae, due to fractures there found on a routine MRI (because of my AS) last December. My neurosurgeon said because my back is so unstable he needs to go 4 levels above and below the fractures to make sure he gets a good solid fix with the rods, screws etc. I must admit it was a bit of a shock when I realised that means ten levels in total! He did say that, instead of having to cut the muscle for that entire length, he would try and just make Stab incisions' to fix the screws into the bone becaus th recovery would not be so painful.. So I guess that's a blessing, if he can indeed do that.

Thanks for listening,



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