Yesterday I went to my pain doctor again and had another really good visit. I really think I have found a very good doctor there to have a good relationship. Unfortunately the man is fairly old so watch and see, he will retire on me...lol. But this is a clinic so there shouldnt be a problem, they have my files. This man is so very protective of me. I think maybe it is because I am one of the few patients who go in there asking for the lowest dose of pain medication possible. LOL. Yesterday he insisted on raising my medications to 30 mgs twice a day and I really balked...asking him if he thought maybe we should go for 30 at night and 15 in the morning because I was afraid of being sedated. He just chuckled and said there was no way I would be sedated at 30 mgs. He said the average dose for a normal weight adult is 100 mgs twice a day so I had no worries. We also decided to try something new that has just come out on the market in the US. Its called Voltaren Gel. I had asked him about it because I got a flyer in the mail from some arthritis group I belong to but evidently the pharm guys had also hit up the doctor offices too because he had a bunch of samples and he gave me a bunch of sample tubes to try. That was nice of him. You just rub the stuff on to the effected joint (like the knee, ankle, hands, elbows, wrists, elbow) and then it is supposed to help. It isnt like bengay because it is actually a NSAID instead of just menthol. I gave a tube to Cory to try since he doesnt have anything to take. I rubbed it in my knees last night and I think I feel a bit better this morning and my hands didnt wake up clenched. I hope it helps.