In addition to the FMS, I have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. Personally, I think the FMS aggravates both of those. Anyway, the CTS and tendinitis are covered by worker's comp, and I've been out of treatment since last May, although I do have continuing care available. My hands have been very painful the past few weeks, and I'm getting numbness in the right thumb and index finger again. I use the IF unit (like TENS) daily, and that helps, but the keyboarding at work is the culprit. Problem is, if I go back to the worker's comp doctor, he will want to do surgery on my hands. That scares the you know what out of me! I scar internally after surgeries, which could leave me worse off than when I started. Questions: do I go back to the worker's comp doc anyway? Wait for the thyroid blood tests that my NP ordered to come back and see if thyroid supplementation helps the CTS? If I end up with surgery or off work, there is no one to cover my office. The district will put a classified person in to cover, but not another school nurse. (I'm pretty possessive about my office, anyway!) It's not a pretty picture to come back to my office after having been gone even a couple of days. So, any suggestions? Comments? I've been barely keeping the FMS under control lately, needing more pain meds for that, too. I am looking forward to a week off in April, and then summer break starting June 13. Help??? Thank you! Beth.