Hi Hurtin again,
You are in the right place for help. DF members are an awesome source of info and provide so much support.
Sounds like you're heading in the right direction with the tapering. I would suggest with your history/injuries/pain issues you search for a Doctor that will support you throughout your taper. Do you have access to your medical notes? I think it's irresponsible of your Dr to leave you high & dry like that.
I know nothing about PNE, have any medical professionals discussed how associated pain issues will play out for you long term?
Let me know how your going mate and if you need support.. I'm here.
Take care of yourself and go slow with the taper.