Frickly - Have you ever had your neck examined orthopedically or had an MRI done? Reason I'm asking is that there used to be a orthopedic surgeon a few years ago that I think was in Charlotte, NC, then moved to Asheville, NC. I believe his name was Dr. Rosner (doesn't have his license anymore though). Quick note on the North Carolina Medical Board - they are very narrow minded have caused much more harm than good. This orthopedic surgeon had a few patients that had CFIDS, but they also had severe cervical spinal stenosis and/or Chari malformations. The surgeon performed some type of surgery to relieve pressure on spinal cord, sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglion nerves and even removed any bone spurs that encroached on the arteries/veins. He even had written a paper on the subject. The subject being that about 70% of the patients that had the orthopedic problem and had CFIDS (I believe fibromyalgia was included in this too) as well became drastically improved in their orthopedic symptoms, but there CFIDS/Fibro symptoms as well. His thought was that encroachment on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems were hindering the ability of a lot of organs to work properly. It was just an observation he had and once he had written the paper the medical board put him on trial so to speak claiming that he was doing unnecessary surgery and doing it for a disease that was phyciatric in nature (I hate this word) and they took his medical license from him. The patients even witnessed in front of the board that they were going to have the surgery anyway, but no luck. This same board took the license of a prominent lymes doctor a few years ago, but he moved to South Carolina and resumed his practice, but doctors around here would basically not treat Lymes and send them to se him - Dr. Jemsek(?) www.jemsekspecialty.com (interesting reading) I'm not saying by any means that you need neck surgery, but I have severe stenosis (diameter C4, C5, C6 is 6mm) by doing some minor stretching and light traction plus chiropractic work I do get relief some relief from my CFS problems. I hate to see you in so much pain and I know how it feels and I hope you get better soon.