I have been seeing a multidisciplinary pain specialist. My goal is to try and stop taking strong pain meds, so I can pursue a nursing degree. He is using a technique called deep friction massage and active release techniques. He said that the more pressure exerted in friction massage, the higher the increase in fibroblastic proliferation. This in turn produces new collagen and enzymes that are necessary for healing of the tissue. He also injected lidocaine and steroids into some major knots around my neck and shoulders. He told me that I should have significant relief in six to eight visits. Has anyone else had any response to this kind of treatment. I'm trying to get to the root of the problem and not use narcotics to mask the symptoms. I hope this approach works, so I can feel proactive in my healthcare, instead of seeing him for my monthly prescription. One physcian told me I was basically going to see a "drug dealer" every month. That statement was very unprofessional and I couldn't beleive that he would speak that way about a fellow colleague. This procedure is one more miracle that I am chasing, I hope it produces. I feel like I should be singing 99 different medical views on the wall. Try one on and move along oh,,,, 98 different medical views on the wall.