Thanks for checking on me Straydog. I'm still lurking from time to time. I did get off the narcotics, took three months to wean off but it was worth it.
Since being dx'd with polymyalgia rheumatica and being placed on prednisone my pain levels have improved. I am now tapering down to 9mg of pred daily, started on 15mg so the taper is going well. My lumbar spine pain is still better. Not sure yet if the radiofrequency ablation helped or the prednisone since I started on them shortly after the rf procedure. One of the symptoms of PMR is hip & lower back pain but have also been dx'd with facet syndrome in lumbar spine too. Time will tell as I continue the tapering.
I'm still waiting to hear from Social Security regarding my trial date with the ALJ. I'm still keeping an eye out for other members that are in the same boat as I am. Hope we all have good outcomes. Too bad it takes so long. The financial burden is not good while waiting.
One thing I have finally learned is that I have to slow down. I was always trying to be wonderwoman but was also in pain constantly. I've finally realized that if I wanted to lower my pain levels I had to rest during the day, no heavy lifting, no continuous bending, the list goes on. Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing my share but my husband understands and has wanted me to take it easy for along time. Being able to stop the narcotics, I do use tramadol now with tylenol, was worth it.
PaLady, if your there, I hope your OK!
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, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica