Well, I'm tired of being in pain and I dont want to go back on manufactured medicines as 95% of the time, I have adverse side effects to them, they never work long anyway --plus I just dont like the idea of taking "man-made" cures and meds so often, but I have been suffering chronic pain for years now and lately its been getting worse and I need some ideas, suggestions, etc as its getting to be a little more than I'd like to bear, but I dont want to spend my dazes in an unfunctional phase. I haven't been on meds in a good long while now, mostly since I've been old enough to take my pills with minimal supervision. I know that sounds dumb, but I stopped taking pills because I'd rather be conscious of pain than unconscious of my life rapidly passing me by. At least I can still think and read when in pain, I cant hold 2 minutes of consecutive thought on most of the meds I've been given over the past, but today I nearly fell in the store--which would alert my parents to my little secret and thats the last thing I need with so much summer vacation left. I'm going to try and get a new bed soon, as the one I have is practically a death trap and I cant stand it, but theres no where else for me to sleep, not even room on the floor most nights. I Googled it a few times, I didn't find anything particularly helpful but maybe I missed something--or maybe one of you guys knows someone who knows something or maybe I'm not looking hard enough. I'll be getting to the library ASAP to do more research...but in the meantime if anyone has some ideas, suggestions that are legal and available in the US then I'm all ears. The only idea I have come up with (which isn't really an option for my own personal reasons) is Chiropractic Massage, but besides my personal reasons, I dont think insurance covers it... Oh, acupuncture and illegal drugs are, so far the only things that I WONT consider. I'm terribly afraid of needles, and so far the pain hasn't driven me to consider that desperate route...But, if you know of a book, person, brochure, site, place or program that has anything, even just a term for me to scour resources for more info on that one term, then please post it as right now as I'm typing the pain is coming back and I need to go take a shower or something to clear my head...Be back in 15 minutes or so tempers. Thanks in adv. to all who reply.