Wow! I too have a similar story, only mine is truly in my head. A stroke 7 years ago left me with a central pain syndrome. The kicker is, nowhere on the painful leg is there any type of damage to cause the pain. The issue is the normal messages the brain receives are being perceived as pain in my stroked out brain. So what to do. Well, I’ve tried a lot of things from amitryptitalline (spelling?) to acupuncture, opiates, physical therapy, massage, and excersise. Currently using 100 mcg Fentanyl patches q72 hrs, Norco 10 for breakthru, on Gabapentin and Neurontin to slow down and misdirect the messages to the brain so they won’t be perceived as pain. And I can tell the difference when I don’t take them. And more drugs for the side effects of the above: depression, constipation, etc. I’ve had to go on an ASV MASK and Machine which is like a souped up Bipap only it has the ability to act like a ventilator if needed; because of the effect of the drugs slowing my breathing so much that I now have sleep apnea. I’ve lost over 40 pounds since the stroke and am Immune Deficient. More drugs for that. I started using Pure Organic Medical Grade Essential Oils (EO) to help with the pain because as you know, after being on the opiates for so long, ive built such a tolerance that the opiates don’t manage the pain like they used to and with the FDA going nuts in the ‘opiate craze’ as the FDA likes to call it, my MD won’t go up on my Fentanyl nor shorten the time between changes, although we’ve done both before. He’s also cut my Norco down so that I get less than I use too. Although that’s not his fault but the pharmacy, they won’t fill over 120 pills at a time. Well, I’ve spilled my guts here. I do want to encourage you to try the EO’s. They have really saved my life and really do actually work against pain and inflammation. I signed up as an associate with no responsibility to purchase more than an original kit ( which did contain 7/10 items I could use for pain & inflammation. This also allowed me to purchase EO at wholesale prices, so I could get the extra items to use for pain as I learned more about EO’s. Hope some of this helps.