So, as some reading this will already know I've been getting low level light therapy as an experiment to help reduce inflammation. It had seemed helpful as I reduced from 8 to 7 mg, but no way really to know if the LLLT was helping or if I would have been okay anyway. Over Christmas there was a bit of a break, plus my physiotherapist decided she wanted to do some work on the mechanics of my neck and spine, so less time with the light. I was also attempting at that time to start reducing from 7 to 6 mg pred, via 6.5. Tried several times and seemed to be sticking at 7. Well, yesterday I had over half an hour at the stage 3 level (highest) on my lower back. I had taken 7 mg the day before and risked 6.5 yesterday morning. I have a bit of a walk to get to and from the therapist's clinic so when I got home I rested. Later in the day I realized I had a curious feeling of relief, which as I thought about it reminded me of when I first went on pred, that indescribable "this is too good to be true but I actually feel a little bit better" sensation. This morning I did not have the stiffness I'd been experiencing when flirting with 6 and 6.5 before, so I risked 6. Because I'm doing dead slow method I'm due to have a higher dose day after tomorrow, so we'll see tomorrow morning whether 6 or 6.5 is what I need. Although I had felt effects from the LLLT this is the first time that I would certainly say that a significant sensation of increased well-being has directly resulted. Please note that this therapy is not what I've seen advertised some places with a small hand-held device. The treatment I'm getting lasts for over half an hour and involves several stages and kinds of lights directed at an approximately hand-sized area of my spine during each session.
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