I was diagnosed with RA 2yrs ago, (still not in remission) following surgery for spinal decompression which had left me walking with a frame + seat. For the last two years my back was great 100% operation success.
Just before christmas I started getting back pain and am using my frame again. Yesterday I saw my Ortho chap, he says the pain is wear and tear and was in place at time of op. If that is so I asked, why did it not hurt for two years. Fair play to him he is sending me for new MRI to check it all out but says if he is right the only treatment would be to fuse the discs so I only have movement from hips not lower back. Oh and by the way says he it is a very much bigger op than the last one (that was a five hour op!).
So RA buddies my questions are -
Could the RA have got to my spine and be the cause of this trouble?
I am waiting to start Cimzia fortnightly injection. Is anyone on them, any tips advise, things I should know?
Thanks guys and girls