White Beard, I know what you are saying about trying to sort out what is what with all of the different conditions we face. I just took my third days worth of prednisone so I'm still working on sorting things out. I have noticed a distinct improvement in my shoulder & neck area as far as movement & lowered muscle tension. Also, like I said, I can now move my left arm easily. I've also slept until the alarm went off the last two nights which I haven't done in a long time due to my hips aching so bad and my body so stiff that it hurt to just turn over. My overall mood seems to have improved though with the lessening of pain and that is a very good thing. My husband is happy too!
I hadn't seen hardly any improvement in my lower back or hips after the rf I had done but the doctor said that some people require up to six weeks to see an improvement but it seems strange that as soon as I started the steroids these areas improved, so now I'm not sure if it was the rf or the steroids.
I go back to the doctor this coming Wednesday and plan on asking him to keep me on the steroids and try to start getting off the oxycontin to see how my pain reacts without this. Also, I'd like to try and get off the Neurontin too. This may take time because I definately notice withdrawl symptoms if I am late on even one dose of oxycontin and am probably physically dependent on it now. I don't plan on giving up my breakthrough meds yet because I will probably still need them to controll my osteoarthritis and facet syndrome issues. I've still got problems with the bulging disc at L-2/3 but this only gives me problems if I over due the bending or if the weather systems are going crazy.
I haven't seen an improvement in my stiff hands in the mornings so this is probably arthritis related and my lower back does get sore if I bend too much so the facet thing is still their too. Hopefully with time I'll get everything straightened out but I have seen a definate improvement and plan on pursuing the Polymyalgia Rheumatica further. Good Luck and let me know what your doctor has to say.
PaLady, I liked your sharing vs. whining idea. You are so right!
Chart, I'm almost past the menstral thing. It's kinda weird though, they say you have to go 1 yr without a period to be considered post menopausal but I can make it 7-8 months without one then wham Mother Nature calls once again. At least the night sweats, hot flashes and all the other lovely side effects seem to have settled down.
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3