I am fairly new to the board, and enjoy reading everyones posts. This may have already been suggested by someone, but I wanted to tell you about what I use sometimes when the pain is really getting me down. I have lots of problems health wise. Fibro. cf, myoficacial syndrome, essential tremors, degerated disc in lower back and reoccuring bouts with gout in both knees and I need a knee replacement, but the drs. refuse to do the surgery because I always have complacations with any operations I have. Anyway, I am trying to live with all these different kinds of pain and it gets pretty hard at times. I read about using CASTOR OIL for pain and I was willing to give anything that was legal a try, so I tried it on my knees first. It worked!!! You just rub it on where the pain is twice a day and it really cuts the pain in 1/2 or sometimes it stops it for a few hrs. I have used it on my back for the severe sharp nightime pain and also it quiets the knee pain when I need to get some sleep. I know it sounds pretty crazy, but I read it in Dr. Gotts medical book and it is perfectly safe and very cheap. About $4.00 a bottle. I never had to take it as a child for the original use (thank goodness) but this just gets rubbed on the painful spots and no nasty taste to endure. So if any of you have tryed it let me know and if not then maybe it might be worth investing in a small bottle. It can be rather hard to find. Check at your local drug stores. I never see it in any of the big discount stores. I use it at night before bed and when I take my shower in the morning. That way the whole day is covered. Nice thing about it is that is doesn't have any smell and no one knows you are using it. We need all the help we can get to make it through each day and having all of you to keep in touch with really makes the problems bearable.