So disappointing for you Ronswife, I have been doing as you have and after a year I am down to 6.5 now. Was thinking of dropping to 6 next week after being on 6.5 for 2 weeks. I am revising this after your post today and think I will stay on this longer. Thank you for posting as you have made me think , like you I have been trying to ignore my illness and carry on as near to normal as I can. I have been extremely tired lately so maybe this is an indication that I shouldn't go down yet for a while.
I hope you can soon get back to your level you had reached very soon and feel better.