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   Posted 11/6/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jag, it really has been a long time since we have heard from you. I can only hope that you are doing well and enjoying life for a change. So, if you are just lurking these days please sign in and update us on how you are. Have you been able to reduce your pain meds as you were hoping or what? Can't wait to hear from you.
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   Posted 11/8/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 11/8/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Pardon if I but my nose into the conversation but I wanted to comment on something you mentioned, Jag.

I too have the 'Wonderwoman' complex! I can and will do it all and more if I can fit it into a 24 hour day. When Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia knocked me down I still didn't stop. I just suffered and was more miserable than I probably would have been had I slowed down. Well, currently I'm having no choice but to slow down and it's very hard emotionally although I know it's best for me.

Your comment about how your husband feels is identical to mine...he wants to to relax and learn to take it easy and I'm finally doing so but not because I want to. I too feel guilty but I'm working on that too.

Good luck!
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   Posted 11/10/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag so glad to hear things are going so well for you. Wow, I am impressed, off the narcotics that is awesome. I know this is something you really wanted. I know the slowing down thing is so hard do to especially when you are use to going 500 miles an hour. That has been a big problem for me and I still battle it. I babysat my grandson Monday and I spent all of yesterday down and most of today down too. It really takes a lot out of me keeping him but I enjoy him so much.

I hope you continue to do well, keep us posted on how you are coming along, so good to hear from you.
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