Has anyone heard of Patricia Salvato MD? She's an internal medicine doctor in Houston, TX who specializes in FMS/CFIDS as well as HIV and other autoimmune diseases. She is supposed to be excellent...at least she has be referred by many doctors here. My pain doctor also happens to be a psychiatrist so he doesn't do much in the way of lab tests, MRI's, CT's and other diagnostic tools. But he has been a psychiatrist for over 35 years and a pain specialist for most of those years. He has convinced me that I'm not crazy or an addict and is working on getting me over the guilts from taking Oxycontin that he has prescribed and firmly believes in (because it is not metabolized in the liver it doesn't do the damage that 15 years of Tylenol did). Doing my own research showed me that although the government is trying to say that Oxycontin causes many deaths each year it's really somewhat less than 500 overall. Usually alcohol was also involved. Tylenol (an over the counter drug) kills more than 1700 patients per year...while working in the ER, we noticed that teenagers were coming in at a frightening rate after having overdosed on Tylenol. They don't lose consciousness but must be caught in a very narrow window of opportunity to do charcoal, gavage and intstilling Mucomyst in the hope that the N-Acetyl cysteine (Mucomyst) will bind with the Tylenol in time to stop liver damage leading to complete liver failure and death. Alcohol makes Tylenol overdose worse because it causes the acetominophen to be absorbed more rapidly. Funny how the DEA doesn't want to take alcohol off the market. Probably because most of the DEA, Congress and other governing bodies would lose the privilege of the "two martini" lunches. My main problem is that I am an RN and lectured my sons for almost 25 years to "Just Say No" to drugs. Needless to say I'm having enough trouble changing from the paradigm that says drugs are evil and should be banned when nicotine is legal and causes an addiction that is harder to get rid of than any opiate does and alcohol, also a legal drug, causes addiction and most of the multimillion deaths due to automobile fatalities in this country today (not to mention all of the liver problems that come with drinking too much alcohol). Sorry for the soapbox, but deliberate ignorance in the name of the almighty dollar had always made me angry. The DEA just doubled the monthly fee that doctors have to pay to keep their DEA license to prescribe narcotics. This was done so that more DEA agents can be hired to make good doctors' and suffering patients' lives harder than they should be. The agents also run the risk of becoming the target of a major drug distributer or the Colombians. They feel much safer going after doctors and patients. These facts are true as I know them. My husband is a Federal agent (not the DEA) and had a price on his head when he worked with a task force in Puerto Rico for stopping 8 tons of cocaine from coming to this country. The DEA doesn't care about the kids getting illegal drugs...the agents goal is "how many scalps today", not who is really being hurt. My husband says there are more drug users in the DEA than any other agency of the federal government. He has never approved of their tactics although he has to deal with them on occasion. I meant to only ask about Dr. Salvato...it's been raining all day here which aggravates the pain (and my temper). I hope every one has a blessed day.