I am not going to turn this blog into an "organ recital" of my physical condition, but I do want to report that the medications I have been taking for a week are doing the job. They are not a cure but are successfully treating the symptoms. I have seen great improvement in the past week. I can now alternate my feet when going stairs, turn the car key and hold a coffee cup with one hand, dress myself and get off a chair without assistance, and many other things I had taken for granted until I could not do them anymore. I am still not able to resume my daily walks or do streneous work with my hands but the strength is returning to them.
The pain has diminished enough that I can function normally but has not totally disappeared. I suppose that is a good thing because it is a reminder that I need to keep taking the pills. So far I have not forgotten to take them on schedule but if I was pain free I might be tempted to think I don't need them. Taking pills the rest of my life is a small price to pay for relief.