I saw the Neorosurgeon on Wednesday re my (apparently two) bulging lumbar discs.
After considerable poking and prodding and making me walk across the room on tiptoe (agony) and then on my heels (more agony), he said that as I had strength in my lower limbs, no incontinence (Hooray - let's hang on to the good things) he thought the risks of surgery outweighed any possible benefit.
I must say that is a mighty relief. So it's pain management for me. He was astonished that I was on a very low dose of pregabalin (25mg bd). Said I can go up to 300mg twice a day. Naproxen continues.
Good news is that even increasing pregabalin to 100mg twice a day is making a difference. The PMR flare seems to have abated so I'm tapering down the pred - now on 15mg.
A bit of a journey ahead but I'm very positive.
Last week I couldn't move without awful pain. Today I'm up and about looking forward to getting on with my day.
Love checking in to this forum. First thing I do in the morning. Always something inspiring or instructive and lupins this morning too!