I have spent the last two months agonizing over the need for back surgery weighed against my GCA and PMR.. I decided to go for it and had a spinal fusion along with a lamenectomy. It appears that it is successful...some bits of info that I learned as a result that may help someone else are....they gave me the equivalent of 100mg of prednisone during the surgery and for one day afterward. I then resumed my normal dosage which at this point is 12 mg. So far so good !! Also, I read Peggy Huddlestons book on preparing for surgery and listened to her relaxation tapes twice daily. I found this extremely helpful . It is designed to remove the stress from your mind and body and make your recovery easier. I hope no-one has to go through a five hour operation but I was able to do it and of course am over joyed. I must say ..I did have an exceptional surgeon
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