What was the most disheartening thing a doctor has told you about your symptoms? In what ways have you kept that in your mind? "It will only get worse, with the level and frequency of episodes intensifying, with fewer remissions in between.The neuralgia will require more and more meds to control; we'll have to add 2 then 3,' then 4 drugs together. You should consider brain surgery (gamma knife, or micro-vascular compression)." Up until then, I had not considered this as a truly serious condition requiring me to take this level of drastic action. However, the neuralgia episodes just prior had been so brutal that I started to think I would have to change my life and stop doing my work. In fact, the meds I was on were so strong that I went around like a stoned person with Alzheimer's. I began to see my life as bad and the future prognosis as progressively worse. I decided to face reality, and see a neurologist-surgeon. Friends told me to read after hearing I was considering surgery, so here I am, fully committed to this program. Luckily, the specialists are really busy, so I don't have an appointment till December. I expect to be TMS-pain free by then!