Hi, all - I'm new to the board, but was dx'd in Oct '99. Tried the standard antidepressant/muscle relaxer stuff for about 8 months, decided it wasn't for me (too many side effects and too little improvement) and went on my merry way to treating myself with exercise and supplements. Worked pretty well for a while, with minor flares once a month or so and major flares maybe 2x a year. Flash forward to this past fall. I'm also a singer, and am having problems with nodes and polyps on my vocal cords. My ENT put me on guai right before Xmas to help keep my tissues lubricated. I had read previously about the guai protocol, so it was in the back of my mind - the twist is that I started out on what turns out to be some people's maximum dose - 2400 mg/day. Needless to say, I'm cycling BIG TIME and am in an incredible amount of pain. I've had 3 massages and covered myself with heat for 4 out of the last 5 days, but I'm seriously afraid I'm going to lose my mind because nothing is working for much more than 3 or 4 hours. I think I've gotten about 12 hours of sleep in the last week, which of course is just compounding everything. My primary doc isn't very receptive to the idea of pain meds, and frankly, I try to avoid them as much as I can. And I can't get in to the see the fibro doc for another 3 weeks. If anyone has any ideas at all about pain management for me to get through this cycling period, I'll be eternally grateful. Thx in advance - and I plan to stick around for a while after I get through this!