UPDATE !!!!!

6 months and counting ! life is great, though i went through hell, I'm very glad to have done this. I'm still dealing with the insurance mess, but i'm happy to report i surpassed my goal and completed the Tunnels to tower run/ walk in
nyc. What an awesome experience both physically emotionally and mentaly. I'm still out on Medical leave with my fire dept, but am back to work and in full swing. I post today needing help ! has anyone outhere experienced this operation ? I feel that I might be going in reverse. I.m not allowed to use remicade and methotexate for one year and frankly dont want anymore crap in my system, but wonder if my pain is the AS kicking back in...