After taking some time away from SEP, I'm back and on day 34. Everything Alan wrote about breaking the pain cycle is exactly what I needed to read today. I had a terrible night with unrelenting pain and woke up fearful and in despair. But after reading Alan's comments, I am going to try yet again to disconnect from the fear and worry. I was contemplating maybe I should have another MRI - maybe I really do need surgery, maybe I should see the GI doc (again) but now I am starting to calm down a bit. Thanks to all who help keep me moving forward.