I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and it has destroyed my jaw. I've struggled on for the last few years, having initially declined a joint replacement, but my mouth function has gone downhill recently. I'm on a soft diet and not sleeping due to the pain.
I'm beginning to come to terms with the idea of the operation but haven't said yes because I am terrified. I'd really like to talk to someone who has been through it, preferably in the UK. There's such limited info on the Internet but for my own sanity, I need to know what to prepare for e.g. time of work and pain management post-op. Due to confidentiality, my surgeon can't put me in touch with any of his previous patients.
I'd appreciate any advice from anyone who's been through it or even if you haven't......hearing advice helps. I can't bring myself to consent to the surgery. I know I need to. Thanks in advance.