I havent been on the board lately but would like to share my wonderful news and hope that it will help someone else. I looked high and low when I lived on the San Mateo penninsula near San Francisco for a pain management clinic or a doctor that would treat my pain effectively. I had no luck. I was told that there were doctors at a pain management clinic in Bakersfield California that was not only caring and understanding of those with chronic pain but actually will treat it! I came here to visit family and received a referral to THE ADVANCED PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC ( a referral from your regular physician is required). I had my first appointment for assesment today and wow........I am painfree for the first time in years. They diagnosed the severe myofacial pain, injected my trigger points with a lidocaine mixture after they first froze the area so the injection would not be painful, and in 5 minutes I was pain free. I left the office with prescriptions for Norco (hydrocodone with less tylenol added) and a muscle relaxer. I have another appointment in two weeks for a lidocaine IV drip that should relieve any and all other pain.......The doctors and nurses were caring, kind, sympathetic to my pain and most of all understanding and not afraid to treat. I hope there are others that can find help here or somewhere that offers the same.