Thanks to all who have supported me. I won't find out the lab results until Friday or so. I'll let you know when I know. The procedure was painless. I used some relaxation techniques I've learned over the years and I'm sure that helped. The technician and the doctor were both very kind. When the doctor was done, I thanked him. He said that was a first, which I find hard to believe. He squeezed my hand as he left and wished me luck. Sometimes it really is the little things that make all the difference. Kindess is a salve. Curly Hair.... I feel so badly for you. I have never had chronic pain, so I can't say I know how you feel or offer first hand experience. My aunt, the late Dr. Kay Thompson, was a pioneer in the medical uses of hypnosis. Have you ever considered self-hypnosis? I wish I could offer more to help, but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. If the only meds that work make you gain weight, remember that your weight is not you. It doesn't define you. Once you have managed the pain, focus outward on ways to help others. A great man once said, "Only those who find a way to serve are truly happy" (either Einstein or Schweitzer).