Sounds like you are doing well @ARHip, Keep up the good work. I applaud you for cutting off the pain meds. If you have to have them for pain, that's one thing---but if you get used to taking them "just because"---that can lead to problems. I quit taking mine as soon as the pain got down to a managable level, just for that very reason. I kept the remainder in my medicine cabinet in case I smack my thumb with a hammer.