I am having a cervical fusion next week and stopping all arthritis meds. I've only been diagnosed with RA for a year and this is the first surgery since then.
Does it make you have to start back at square 1, where things were before getting to this level of controlled inflammation/pain? Will I have to ramp back up to the levels I was taking before the surgery? Will surgery pain be worse due to the RA pain on top of it?
Any insight is appreciated. I can't wait for the surgery to happen, but just not sure how RA affects the whole thing other than my healing may be slower.