Mark I seem to recall that you and I spoke about our ailments for a time but with the months I haven't been around much my Somewhat questionable mind lost its, "Somewhat" somewhere along the line and became, "Undeniably Questionable Mind" I'm sorry to say. In other words my, "Somewhen CRS" became, "Fully Blown CRS" so now it's totally official. But IIRC we did talk about, "chronic pain" and the necessity of having a really good, "Pain Management Physician" didn't we? If not we should have so if'en you wanna pursue it further when you get your Medicare, Parts A & B, drop me an email, best way to get a hold of me... As usual, when it rains, it pours, and I'm not talking about salt here either... :grumpy: "I was floored, but also a bit relieved. The diagnosis explains allot of small issues that no one has put together in a pile until now." Mark IMHO you had what's a prime example of knowing what your problem has been for quite sometime but never really expected a diagnosis too confirm it... And yes it is relieving to finally have confirmed something you were pretty damned sure of for a long damned time!:thumbup: Dammit these denials really tick me off!!! I was one of the more fortunate ones albeit I really had my duck's in a row but mostly because I was in the big middle of a Worker's Compensation Case at the same time and many of the things I had to have for it I was able to use in my SSDI claim as well... When I hand carried my 3" to 4" stack of papers into the Social Security Office I had my doubt's as well considering the statistics!!! Imagine my Surprise and Happiness when 3 days less than 3 weeks the S.S.O. called me and told me my SSDI case had been approved!!!:thumbup: "I will continue to forge ahead , and live as productive and comfortable a life as I can, given what I have been dealt." Mark you just can't go wrong with that kind of philosophy!!!:thumbup: Although it's damned tough at times to remember your own philosophy as well as your personal reasons for it!!! The reasons I can say that is by recalling my own personal battles with my health over the years and now look at me!!! And Mark I do, really do, recognize the differences in our diagnoses and at one time would've gladly jumped at trading diagnoses with you but now all I can do is ask all of our personal friends to send Smoke up for your healing in a "Good and Gentle Way." There's also been times that I thought life couldn't teach me anymore. Man was I wrong!!! I also should've known better!!! But then I have been so wrong about so many things you'd of thought that with my affliction of CRS I would be content to set in the corner with my damned mouth shut, But Oh No, Not Me!!! Again my friend if for any reason you'd like to talk please drop me an email!!! And of course ~~Smoke~~ will be sent up for you in many ways and many venues by our personal friends as well as ourselves!!!