Went to my Pain Management doctor yesterday and once again saw the physicians assistant. She did dx me with PMR but with some hesitance since my sed rates weren't elevated. I did take information from reliable sources where it is found that 20% of patients with PMR will show no elevated inflammation rates. I know I have other conditions but in the last 3 months things have gotten progressively worse (bed ridden on days) and I am showing all the classic signs of PMR plus I had excellent results from the steroid trial. As soon as I got down to 10mg per day though the symtoms started coming back within 12 hrs.
She is starting me on 15mg for 4wks then we will start weaning down slowly from there. I did make an appt with a rheumatologist for May 27th (she was highly recommended by a friend) for a second opinion. I also asked to start weaning off the oxycontin since I have had little pain relief since starting it. I'm up to 30mg 3xdaily and really don't want to go any higher. She is starting me at 20mg 3xday for 4wks, using the oxycodone if the withdrawls symptoms get too bad. Wish me luck!
I will call my lawyer today with the new dx to see what he wants to do as far as my SSDI appeal goes. Pete, have you heard anything new regarding your appeal?
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