Thanks, Gail, for your response. I take a while to reply, which I can't entirely blame on my pain. I have been on Gabapentin & Lyrica, separately, for years, wondering if they did any good. When I went off them some time ago, I felt the pain increase, so resumed. I still have doubts about their effectiveness, however, & may try going of Gabapentin (or Lyrica) again. I have stopped so many meds that didn't seem to help, including Baclofen, Flexiral, Tramadon, Nabilone, etc., etc. Some seemed to help for a few weeks then stop. I may be repeating myself. Can I blame the Gabapentin?? In answer to your question about whether the pain stops me falling asleep or wakes me, it does both. Some nights I try about every hour to lie down, but get up from the pain. Sometimes I fall asleep, but then wake from the pain & must get up & take Ativan, or scotch, or both these days. This is my latest way since my doctor will no longer prescribe Ativan. I admire all of you who somehow tolerate the pain. After about 12 years of it, I am not optimistic about mine ever going away. Maybe I should climb Everest & just keep going!